Dr Mansukh Mandaviya virtually lays Foundation Stone of NCDC branches in 6 states

Dr Mansukh Mandaviya virtually lays Foundation Stone of NCDC branches in 6 states

National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC): Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare as he virtually laid the foundation stone of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) branches in six States.

Key Highlights:

  • The six states where the centres would come up are Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh.
  • At present, NCDC has eight branches in States with focus on one or few diseases.
  • These will be repurposed and new branches are being added with the mandate for integrated disease surveillance activities, dealing with Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR), multi-sectoral and entomological investigations etc.

About NCDC:

  • The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) formerly National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) is an institute under the Indian Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  • It is a premier organization mandated to collect data about diseases.
  • It is the nodal agency in the country for the surveillance, prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  • Additionally, it is a top-level national institution for training professionals in public health, laboratory sciences, and entomological services.
  • It also engages in a number of practical research projects.
  • It is headquartered in New Delhi.
  • It has 8 out-station branches located at Alwar (Rajasthan), Bengaluru (Karnataka), Coonoor (Tamil Nadu), Kozikode (Kerela), Jagdalpur (Chattisgarh), Patna (Bihar), Rajahmundry (Andhra Pradesh) and Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh).

Background of NCDC:

  • The institute had its origin as the Central Malaria Bureau, established at Kasauli (Himachal Pradesh) in 1909.
  • Later, in 1927, it was named as the Malaria Survey of India.
  • Then in 1938, it was shifted to Delhi and named the Malaria Institute of India (MII).
  • The Government of India (GoI) made the decision to reorganize and broaden the work of the institute to include other communicable diseases after seeing the dramatic decrease in the prevalence of malaria that had been accomplished.
  • Thus, on July 30, 1963 MII was renamed as NICD.
  • Then again in 2009, NICD was transformed into the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) with a larger mandate of controlling emerging and re-emerging diseases.

In which 6 states was the foundation stone of NCDC was laid by Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare recently?
A) Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Maharashtra, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh.
B) Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh.
C) Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh.
D) Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Manipur, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh.