Thiruvananthapuram: A high level meeting chaired by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reviewed the steps taken by the state government to contain the outbreak of nipah virus which has claimed 11 live so far. Directions have been given to continue vigil and to strengthen the states monitoring mechanism besides increasing awareness about the virus and strengthening precautionary measures, a government press release said.
State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja, Chief Secretary Paul Antony, Chief Minister's Private Secretary M VJjayarajan, Chief Principal Secretary to the CM, Nalini Netto included in the meeting. A committee led by the chief secretary will monitor the situation continuously.
Rebavirin tablets, an antiviral medicine are being distributed and officials have been asked to send the medicines to all affected areas, the release said.
To discuss issues relating to outbreak of the virus, an all- party meeting has also been called at the Kozhikode Collectorate on Friday in which representives of political parties MPs and MLA will participate.
Health Minister Shylaja, Labour Minister T.P Ramakrishnan and Transport Minister A.K Saseendran will attend the all party meeting. Later in the evening, a meeting of heads of local bodies will also be held.
A central team of experts who rushed to provide assistance to the state government immediately after the outbreak of the virus and health ministers of other states have expressed satisfaction with the steps taken by the LDF government so far, the statement said.