Government launches “One Health” consortium for surveillance of bacterial and viral infections

The Department of Biotechnology has launched a “One Health” consortium that plans to carry out surveillance of important bacterial, viral and parasitic infections of zoonotic and transboundary pathogens in the country.

The project is also examining the use of existing diagnostic tests and the development of additional methodologies for monitoring and understanding the spread of emerging diseases, DBT said in a statement.

Dr Renu Swarup, secretary of the Department of Biotechnology, on Thursday launched DBT’s first “One Health” project via videoconference.

The consortium plans to carry out the surveillance of important bacterial, viral and parasitic infections of zoonotic and transboundary pathogens.

Holistic approach

Noting that the Covid-19 pandemic has shown the relevance of the One Health principles in the governance of infectious diseases, in particular efforts to prevent and contain zoonotic diseases globally, Swarup emphasized an approach holistically to understand the health of humans, animals and wildlife to minimize damage from future pandemics.

Swarup said the “One Health Consortium” made up of 27 organizations led by the DBT-National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, Hyderabad, is one of the largest health programs launched by the government in the post-Covid era.

The consortium includes AIIMS, Delhi, AIIMS Jodhpur, IVRI, Bareilly, GADVASU, Ludhiana, TANUVAS, Chennai, MAFSU, Nagpur, Assam Agricultural and Veterinary University and many other ICAR centers, ICMR and wildlife agencies.


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