COLOMBO (NewsRadio); Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella says local officials are in constant discussion with the World Health Organization over steps that are needed to be taken to prevent the spread of the Nipah virus.
Speaking to media in Kandy, Minister Rambukwella noted that the Secretary of Health, Director-General of Health Services and specialists are also deliberating measures required to be taken since several cases of Nipah virus have been reported in South India and Bangladesh.
The Minister said specific instructions will be given, if a case is detected locally.
Meanwhile, earlier, the Ministry of Health said it has already ordered Nipah virus detection test kits and is expecting them to arrive in the country shortly.
Amid the risk of an outbreak of the Nipah virus that killed several people in India recently, health authorities said they are monitoring the situation.
Health authorities however have announced that the general public should not need to have undue fear over the outbreak in India.