Spread of Coronavirus is causing concern: Vice President

Hyderabad: Vice President, Venkaia Naidu calls for global cooperation for early detection of new viruses and to contain serious fallout from outbreak of epidemics, Giving his keynote speech at CCMB in Hyderabad on Monday, the Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday underscored the need for global cooperation for early detection of new viruses and to contain any serious fallout from outbreak of epidemics.

Addressing the scientists and researchers of CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad, the Vice President while referring to the newly-discovered strain of Coronavirus, said that it is spreading across the nations and causing major concern to health authorities. He pointed out that period outbreak of epidemics and new viruses highlighted our vulnerability to diseases.

CCMB Director, Dr. Rakesh Mishra presenting a memento to the Vice President, M Venkaia Naidu on Monday at CCMB Hyderabad.

Referring to the vital role of the Indian Science and Technology Innovation (STI) System in achieving national goals as India aspires for sustainable and inclusive growth, he appealed to the private sector to create a fund for financing innovative scientific projects that will address societal concerns.

Observing that investment in STI plays a major role in promoting research and developing cutting edge technologies, Vice President said the funding for basic research also has to be stepped up.

Stressing that the outcome of every scientific endeavor must improve the lives of people, he called upon scientists of CCMB and other scientific labs to find answers to the many challenges the world was facing today like poverty, effects of climate change, pollution, lack of clean drinking water, sanitation, increasing urbanization and growing drug resistance, among others.

The Vice President also urged CCMB to develop Rapid DNA Testing Kits for the detection of some of the rare diseases and many other genetic disorders. “It is important to predict and prevent genetic diseases as more than 70 million Indians are estimated to be suffering from genetic disorders, according to the Organization for Rare Diseases India (ORDI)”, Mr. Naidu added.

He also advised institutions like CCMB to take up campaigns on a massive scale to create awareness among the people about the health risks associated with consanguineous marriages, particularly those relating to congenital disorders.

Earlier, he went around the exhibits which highlighted the research activities undertaken by CCMB.

CCMB Director, Dr. Rakesh Mishra, Directors of various CSIR labs, senior scientists and researchers were present on the occasion.

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