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The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday said that it has decided to depute three high-level multi-disciplinary three-member teams to Ranchi, Ahmedabad, and Malappuram (Kerala) to take stock of the upsurge in cases of measles.

The teams will assist the state health authorities in instituting public health measures and facilitate the operationalisation of requisite control and containment measures, said the ministry.

The central team to Ranchi comprises experts drawn from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi, and the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RMLH), New Delhi. Experts from PHO, Mumbai, the Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital (KSCH), New Delhi and the Regional Office of Health and Family Welfare Ministry, Ahmedabad, will comprise the Central team to Ahmedabad. The team to Malappuram will consist of experts from the ministry’s regional office, Thiruvananthapuram, the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, and the Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC), New Delhi.

Senior Regional Directors, Jharkhand, Gujarat and Kerala, will coordinate with the respective teams regarding their visits. The teams will also undertake field visits to investigate the outbreak and assist the state health departments with public health measures, management guidelines and protocols to manage the increasing cases of measles being reported in the three cities.

The teams will also coordinate with the respective states to ensure active case searches in the area and with Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratories (VRDLs) to test the identified cases.


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