On October 14, 2021, Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, virtually inaugurated India’s first ‘One Health’ Consortium.
The newly formed consortium plans to monitor significant viral, bacterial, and parasitic illnesses in zoonotic and transboundary pathogens.
During his speech, Dr. Swarup said that the ‘One Health’ Consortium, which is made up of 27 organisations and is coordinated by the DBT-National Institute of Biotechnology in Hyderabad, is one of the largest health programmes introduced by the Indian government in the post-COVID-19 period.
AIIMS Jodhpur, AIIMS Delhi, IVRI, Bareilly, GADVASU, Ludhiana, TANUVAS, Chennai, MAFSU, Nagpur, Assam Agricultural and Veterinary University, and many more ICAR, ICMR Centers, and wildlife agencies make up the ‘One Health’ Consortium.
The ‘One Health’ Consortium plans to conduct monitoring of important viral, bacterial, zoonotic, and transboundary pathogen infections across India, including the country’s north-eastern region.
The Department of Biotechnology’s study will investigate the utilisation of current diagnostic tests.
The initiative will also be responsible for the creation of new approaches for monitoring and understanding the transmission of developing illnesses, according to the official announcement.
At the time, the necessity for the ‘One Heath’ Consortium had grown. The threat of infectious pathogens that may cross-species barriers has grown. Humans, animals, health systems, and economies all suffer as a result of such illnesses, necessitating years of social and economic rehabilitation.
Sensing a pressing need, the Department of Biotechnology backed a ‘One Health’ mega collaboration.
Dr. Renu Swarup emphasised a holistic approach in order to understand the health of humans, wildlife, and animals to minimise the damage caused by future pandemics, while noting that the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the relevance of ‘One Health’ principles in the governance of infectious diseases, particularly efforts to prevent and contain zoonotic diseases around the world.
Source: Jagran Josh