DBT launches country’s first ‘One Health’ consortium

Our Bureau, MumbaiThursday, October 14, 2021, 14:10 Hrs  [IST]

Dr Renu Swarup, secretary, Department of Biotechnology launched the country’s first ‘One Health’ project through video conferencing. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), ministry of science and technology, GoI has supported a mega consortium on ‘One Health’. This programme envisages carrying out surveillance of important bacterial, viral and parasitic infections of zoonotic as well as transboundary pathogens in India, including the North-eastern part of the country. Use of existing diagnostic tests and the development of additional methodologies when required are mandated for the surveillance and for understanding the spread of emerging diseases. Dr Renu Swarup in her address during the launch of the programme remarked that this Consortium, consisting of 27 organisations led by DBT-National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, Hyderabad, is one of the biggest one health programmes launched by Government of India in post-Covid times. The One Health consortium consists of AIIMS, Delhi, AIIMS Jodhpur, IVRI, Bareily, GADVASU, Ludhiana, TANUVAS, Chennai, MAFSU, Nagpur, Assam agricultural and veterinary university and many more ICAR, ICMR centres and wild life agencies. Covid-19 pandemic showed the relevance of ‘One Health’ principles in the governance of infectious diseases, specially efforts to prevent and contain zoonotic diseases throughout the world. Subsequently, Dr Swarup, inaugurated the International mini-symposium on "Essentials of One Health" through Video Conferencing. Dr Swarup in her inaugural address emphasized the need of a holistic approach to understand the health of human, animals and wildlife to minimize the damage caused by future pandemics. International and national speakers shared their views on initiating and nurturing the concept of ‘One Health’ where man, animal, plants and environment are needed to be considered complimentary to each other for maintaining health of all.