The Institute of Human Virology (IHV), Baltimore honoured Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for the effectively containing the spread of Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala that claimed 17 lives in the state in May this year.
It’s for the first time that an Indian chief minister was honoured by the institute in its history.
Dr Robert C Gallo, co-founder of the Institute and famous virologist, who co-discovered HIV and developed Elisa test kit, presented a memento to the Chief Minister at a function held at the IHV campus.
Kerala state Health Minister, KK Shailaja was also part of the event.
Before the event, Gallo along with various senior scientists of the institute and academic heads held a discussion with Pinarayi Vijayan and KK Shailaja. The meeting addressed the possibilities of collaborating with the Kerala government in setting up a virology department in Thiruvananthapuram.
CM expressed the state’s willingness to cooperate with the Institute of Human Virology, Baltimore, in research areas of mutual interest.
Dr Gallo offered all support and technological assistance for Kerala’s initiative.