The central authorities has given in-principle approval for organising a Nationwide Institute of Virology (NIV) Centre for the north zone in Punjab, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Workplace stated on Monday.
Presently, the NIV in Pune is the one establishment within the nation able to offering well-coordinated medical and public well being responses throughout emergencies.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who had made a proposal to the central authorities in regard to the NIV Centre some weeks again in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, welcomed the approval.
The NIV Centre would show to be a milestone to spice up analysis within the discipline of virology and make India future able to predict and detect viruses on the earliest in order that needed preventive steps will be taken, he stated.
Mr Singh stated that this centre would additionally go a great distance in addressing the necessities of the northern area, together with states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Union Territories of Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir.
The spokesperson stated that the Centre’s letter of in-principle approval had been acquired by the Punjab Chief Secretary from the Secretary to the federal government of India’s Division of Well being Analysis and Director Normal, Indian Council of Medical Analysis (ICMR), Prof Balram Bhargava.
He has requested the state authorities to determine about 25 acres of land on lengthy lease in order to allow the ICMR to arrange this prestigious centre on the earliest.
Mr Singh had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 10 requesting him to direct the Union Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare to arrange the proposed centre, which might concentrate on addressing regional, nationwide and world wants in virology, diagnostic, analysis and therapeutic evaluations to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Roughly Rs 400 crore can be required for the centre with BSL-3 (Bio-Security Lab) facility and a further Rs 150 crore can be wanted for the BSL-Four facility excluding the land, which might be supplied by the federal government of Punjab.
The chief minister hoped that this centre can be instrumental in offering diagnostic assist, undertake analysis in fundamental virology and construct capability within the discipline of virology to advertise common well being protection.