India plans disease surveillance network

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 25 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:484

The Indian health ministry plans to set up a national infectious disease surveillance network to prevent localised outbreaks from turning into epidemics. The proposal has been prompted by periodic spurts in the incidence and geographical spread of several waterborne and vectorborne diseases—and specifically by the plague outbreak last year.

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases in New Delhi, which submitted the proposal to the health ministry, has called for an investment of 950 million rupees (pounds sterling9m) to establish the surveillance network over five years. The funds will be used to set …

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