The National Institute of One Health in Nagpur promises to be a key institute towards building capacity and infrastructure in the country.
To help in increased preparedness for identification of novel and unknown zoonotic agents and investigation of outbreaks
In a big push to the development of Nagpur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone and dedicated to the nation various projects worth more than 75,000 crores in Maharashtra. The National Institute of One Health (NIO) in Nagpur promises to be one such key institute towards building capacity and infrastructure in the country under the ‘One Health’ approach.
The ‘One Health’ approach recognises that the health of human beings is connected to the health of animals and the environment. This approach appreciates that most of the contagious diseases affecting humans are zoonotic (animal to human) in nature. The institute – to be established at a cost of more than Rs 110 crore – will collaborate and coordinate with all stakeholders and act as a catalyst to improve the research and capacity building in ‘One Health’ approach across the country.
How India needs to be future ready for outbreaks is something that stood out during the COVID pandemic. An ICMR e-Samvaad 2021 newsletter had mentioned how the NIOH will address issues of zoonotics infections and help in a better understanding of its human, animal and environment relationship. The NIO, with focus on zoonotic agents, will help in increased preparedness and laboratory capabilities for identification of novel and unknown zoonotic agents and investigation of outbreaks, and develop training components viz. Biosafety and biosecurity for laboratories, enhancing diagnostic capabilities. It is no doubt going to be an institute of world class knowledge.
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