Abu Dhabi/Calicut: Kerala Government today received medical supplies from VPS Healthcare to help engage in containing Nipah outbreak. A chartered flight carrying a consignment of high quality N95 masks, three layers masks, body bags, PPE kit with N95 specifications arrived at Calicut late evening on Friday. These supplies were handed over to the Kerala Government this morning.
The deadly virus has claimed 17 lives till date and the total number of persons tested positive for Nipah in Kozhikode now stand at 18. Suspecting a second wave of the infection, authorities have scaled up the number of people under observation for Nipah to over 1,400.
The state health department is widening the area for ‘contact list’ of people at risk and is also raising large health squads with help from panchayat officials to individually monitor people. With these steps, the need for personnel and medical supplies is expected to rise significantly.
Speaking about the requirement of supplies and responding to the call of the Honorable Health minister of Kerala, Mrs. K K Shailaja Teacher, Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil, Chairman and Managing Director of VPS Healthcare, said, “We commend the Kerala Government and the health authorities for their diligence in helping control the spread of this virus. As health professionals, it is our responsibility to help in any capacity the State needs. We will continue to work with the Kerala government to help eradicate the threat posed by the Nipah virus.”
Nipah virus – which can be transferred from animals to humans – causes fever and cold-like symptoms, before quickly advancing to encephalitis, which is inflammation of the brain, and myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart. There is no vaccine or cure for Nipah at present.
About VPS Healthcare: VPS Healthcare is an integrated healthcare service provider with 23 operational hospitals; over 125 health centres; 13,000 employees; medical support services spread across the GCC, Europe and India; one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturing plants in Dubai; and retail pharmacies across Abu Dhabi. VPS Healthcare is recognized as an Industry Partner by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and is also a member of the MENA Regional Partnership Community of the WEF.