Nipah Virus
Kozhikode Homeo DMO sought explanation for distribution of homeo medicines as Nipah medicine.
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Homeo medicines, under the pretext of being an effective medicine against Nipah Virus infection, had been distributed at Mukkam Manasshery government homeo dispensary in Kozhikode district on Friday. Reports say around 30 people who had taken the medicines have now developed fever and body aches.  

Kozhikode Homeo District Medical Officer Dr. Kavitha Purushothaman told TNM, “An attender who was doing an in service course, had distributed the immunity boosting homeo medicines. The doctor on duty had been on leave. This was brought to my attention later. The attender has been suspended and District level expert committee has been asked to investigate the matter and submit the report.”

On people developing fever and body aches, she said, “Any immune boosting homeo drug will bring mild body responses. However, these medicines are not for Nipah Virus infection. There are no effective medicines against Nipah Virus infection.”

Reports say the people who took the drug are not in any critical condition or hospitalized. Different people have developed different bodily reactions to the drug, some have fever and some have body aches.

The Health Department has quite a handful to deal with when it comes to false information and fake messages.

Earlier in a press release, Director General of Police (DGP) Loknath Behera took note of the messages on Nipah Virus infection circulating on social media platforms and said that such content has caused panic among the people.

Apart from creating such false messages, even forwarding and circulating them will attract police investigation, the DGP said.

The state police also warned of strict legal action against people spreading false information on Nipah virus through social media.