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Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
09-December-2010 11:38 IST
Azad asks ICMR to Translate Research into Diagnostic Solutions
Consultative Committee Focuses on ICMR in its Centenary Year
The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad has urged the ICMR scientist to put special efforts on translational programmes so that affordable diagnostic solutions can be made available to people. Shri Azad specifically asked scientist to speed up research on Malaria and Cancer, “as the country needs these technologies now and cannot wait indefinitely”, he said. The Minister added “The Government not only expects ICMR to provide critical support to its national programmes by generating new knowledge about the diseases, develop and evaluate tools for diagnosis and treatment but also help in the framing of its policies for guiding research and providing feedback to the governments”. Shri Azad was chairing the meeting of the Consultative Committee of Parliament attached to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in New Delhi last evening.

The Secretary Department of Health Research, Dr V M Katoch informed that affordable diagnostics for diabetes mellitus, H1N1 reagents and indigenous H1N1 vaccine has already been promoted on HFM’s initiative. He said ICMR is concentrating on more than 50 leads for development of new tools for vector control, diagnostic methods for various infectious diseases including dengue and chikengunea, lung fluke, tuberculosis; new treatment methods to improve the treatment of tuberculosis, leprosy, cancer and many other conditions. ICMR institutions are partnering with other for testing of anti-malarial drugs, vaccines for different infectious diseases.

Cutting across party lines the Members of the Committee appreciated work done by ICMR and desired that centenary celebrations of such an organization should be celebrated in a befitting manner spread across nearly 30 centres of ICMR countrywide. It was also noted that ICMR is moving with the times and the latest institution added to ICMR network is National Institute of Environmental Health (NIEH) in Bhopal. National Institute of Disease Informatics is going to be established soon at Bangalore. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) entered its centenary year on 15th November 2010. Over its 99 years of existence, ICMR has contributed significantly towards better understanding of country’s health problems and finding their solutions through research.

The members of parliament who attended the meeting included S/Sh. Shailendra Kumar(S.P), Sh. Bishnu Pada Ray(BJP), Muhammed Hamdullah A.B.Sayeed(INC), Moti Lal Vora (INC), K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao (INC), Abani Roy(RSP), Sh. Baishnab Parida(BJD), Dr. P. Venugopal(AIADMK), Dr. R.C.Dome (CPI-M), Dr. M.Jagannath (INC), Prof. P.J.Kurien (INC), Dr. Girija Vyas(INC), Dr. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar(TMC),Smt. Deepa Dashmunshi(INC), and Sh. Inder Singh Namdhari(Independent). Secretaries of all the four departments of the Ministry and other senior officers of the Ministry and ICMR also attended the meeting.

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