Infectious diseases like Malaria, Dengue fever, Chikungunya, Nipah virus, SARS CoV-2 and the novel H1N1 influenza have emerged or re-emerged as major public health concerns during the last decade in India. Bacterial diseases like Plague, Leptospirosis, Anthrax, Brucellosis, Enterohemorrhagic E. Coli, Salmonella, Shigella and Staphylococci also remain as a threat during this season.
Associate Professor Nirmal Kumar Mohakud, a Faculty from KIMS participated as a speaker in East Zone-Pediweek organized by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) from 15th to 21st August, 2020 for deliberation on ‘Monsoon Maladies’. Speaking at the meet, he called for an effective plan of action to combat these threats. “A close interaction and bonding between the research community and the public health, agriculture and animal husbandry activities is crucial to combat the menace of these diseases”, he added.
He also presented his views on strong public health structure, effective & risky communication, an efficient surveillance system, strong laboratory networks, epidemic preparedness and rapid response to deal with diseases.