Kerala minister honours nurse who got nipah from patient

KOZHIKODE: The husband of a nurse who died after contracting the nipah virus from a patient was among health staff who were honoured at a function organised by Kerala health department in Kozhikode on Sunday.
At the event organised to mark Doctor’s Day, health minister K K Shailaja also declared Kozhikode and Malappuram districts nipah-free.

Sajeesh, husband of late Lini Puthussery, who contracted the virus while tending to the index patient in the nipah outbreak, received a memento from the health minister.

The minister said the two districts were declared nipah-free as no fresh case was reported after May 31 and till the completion of the double incubation period which ended on Saturday. She added that the medicine (human monoclonal antibody m102.4), brought from Australia, was not used and it would be handed over to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Additional chief secretary (health and family welfare) Rajeev Sadanandan warned of a second wave of nipah in areas where it was reported earlier. Noting that the state would be fully equipped to tackle it, he said the Kerala model of nipah virus management would be developed for effective management of the disease if it re-surfaces anywhere in the country.

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