MP government gears up against bioterrorism

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Feb 12, 2015 19:47 IST

In a high level meeting held at Vallabh Bhawan on Wednesday, chief secretary Anthony deSa instructed officials to adopt the draft and implement suggestions sent by the central government on tackling with threat or a situation of biological disaster or bioterrorism.

"According to the new plan, biological disaster would be included in State Disaster Management Plan. The action plan would be made by the state government in sync with the draft sent by the Union government," said chief secretary Anthony deSa.

The draft directs constitution of state level crisis management committee and a technical advisory committee. District level committees too, would be formed that would be monitored by a state level committee.

Technical committee that would function under health department would develop a mechanism for surveillance of suspected diseases and their patterns.

IDSP (Integrated Disease Surveillance Plan) would keep record of pattern of diseases in different areas. "It would be easy to point out any abnormal deviation from the normal pattern after analysing the data," said a health official.

Action plan to check threat of bioterrorism include constitution of a Crisis Management Structure, identification of nodal officers for crisis management at district and state level, identification of focal points for control of epidemic at district and state level.

Preparation of contingency plan also includes standing operating procedures and a proper mechanism of surveillance with a system of information collection at district and state level. This would be followed by data analysis.

India, so far has no record of bioterrorism but no chances should be taken and proper mechanism should be in place suggested the draft sent by government of India. Some examples like outbreak of swine flu, small pox and chikungunya have been state as potential bio scares only.

What is bioterrorism?
Using virus, bacteria or toxins to kill or incapacitate people, plants and animals, or spread scare by anyone with criminal intent is defined as bioterrorism. Bioterrorism is a method of terrorist activity to prevail mass panic and mass casualties.

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