WHO to set up dengue collaborative centre in India
The World Health Organization
(WHO) might soon set up a collaborative centre (CC) in dengue in Kerala, India. If established, it could become a first-of-its-kind in the Southeast Asian region. According to the Health Department, it is the Department of Community Medicine, Thiruvananthapuram Medical College (MC) that is striving to become the WHOCC in dengue. What makes the state the first choice for the WHO to set up such a centre is its well-established healthcare facilities, high prevalence rate of dengue patients and the ongoing seroprevalence study in dengue. Though backdoor discussions are on, huge financial commitment as well as ensuring infrastructural and state-ofthe-art research facilities can become a challenge for the government. Once the institution is finalised as a CC, an agreement will be made with the head of the establishment to which the institution is attached. The institution will be designated initially for a term of four years. It may be renewed for the same or a shorter period.