On reports of several people returning from Kerala to West Bengal in the wake of the virus scare, the minister said there is no need to run away from the state anymore. The Minister said no new Nipah cases had been reported so far in the much-dreaded second phase of the viral flare-up.
Amid reports of 17 deaths caused by the awful Nipah virus in Kerala, Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey on Saturday said that the disease has been contained and that no fresh cases were reported thereafter.
"It has been chose to reopen educational institutions, schools and professional colleges on June 12, which was postponed due to the virus outbreak", she said.
"The virus has been stalled".
An all-party meet, held under the stewardship of Health Minister K K Shylaja on Sunday, has chose to honour appropriately those who made all out efforts to treat the patients in isolation wards even by risking their own lives. The virus has been contained. Choubey, while interacting with media, said the virus is not epidemic and people should not be scared of it. The minister said that the expert cell, opened to monitor the day-to-day situation in the district would be closed on June 15, but the district collector and the district medical officer would continue the coordination in this regard.
The minister said the families of those who died of the virus were kept in isolation and treated.
The May 24 advisory was withdrawn a day after the government lifted the high alert sounded in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. "The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is closely monitoring the situation", the department under the Health Ministry added.