ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Public Health : Collapse in the Face of Emergencies

Collapse in the Face of Emergencies The epidemic unfolding in Siliguri and the way it is being handled is symptomatic not only of the disarray in the health management system in many states, but also of the critical state of medical research in India. Today, almost a month after the disease claimed its first victim and was spotted as more than a rare occurrence in the area, the government is yet to set in place any special system for handling the epidemic. Worse, between them the National Institute of Virology (NIV), the School of Tropical Medicine (STM) and the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health (AIIHPH), all premier research institutes funded by government, and a team from the World Health Organisation have not been able to identify the disease, or even to prescribe public health measures to be put in place on a tentative basis.

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