The Rs. 647crore proposal also aims to provide special training to health professionals to manage such situations. The Union cabinet is set to approve the proposal on Thursday.
The health ministry wants to set up these laboratories in such a manner that in case of a natural calamity, the rescue teams will not have to rush to an establishment to tackle epidemic. A 2011 ministry report says, “Till date there is grossly inadequate infrastructure in the country for timely diagnosis and management of populations affected with viral diseases.”