WHO to set up dengue col­lab­o­ra­tive cen­tre in In­dia

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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.

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