Lucknow: A Center of Excellence of Infectious Diseases and Vaccine Development has been established at SGPGI for research and vaccine development. A Virology Lab will be created on lines of National Institute of Virology, Pune where medicines and vaccines related to infectious diseases will be prepared. Meanwhile a separate department and hospital will also be setup to treat infectious diseases. The state government has accepted its action plan.
Even as the Department of Microbiology is still functioning at SGPGI, there are also experts doing research on viruses, bacteria and fungi, but many investigations are based on National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune.
SGPGI wants to develop its own virology lab. The Chief Minister has expressed his desire to open such a lab. Director of the institute Prof. RK Dhiman has said that in the first phase, a project of about 70 crores has been prepared. The state government has accepted the project. It will benefit the whole country.
SGPGI will have a separate ICU for patients suffering from infectious diseases. Here patients will be admitted and their disease will be identified and effective medicines and vaccine will be prepared for the related disease.
The Centre will find new techniques and medicines to identify and treat diseases. The Centre will be helpful in formulating policy for control of infectious diseases. It has also been decided that a course in infectious disease control will start, the country will get trained doctors. With advance technology, diseases can be identified in time.
Sources reveal that the country’s renowned virologist Dr. Gagandeep Kang has also given assurance of cooperation in developing the center.