Bird flu drug research in India

21-02-2008 | |

The National Institute of Siddha (NIS) will work with six other institutions in an attempt to make drugs to be administered to bird flu-infected chickens.

This announcement was made by C. N. Deivanayagam, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Institute.
A day-long bird-flu session was held at NIS in Tambaram Sanatorium, divided into three sections — Microbiology, Virology and Clinical Parameters in Avian Flu (Siddha perspective). Participants from diverse fields, which included medical practitioners, researchers and academics, were present, each with the objective to explore how the Siddha system of medicine could contribute to combating bird flu.
As the knowledge of this traditional Indian medicine had to be backed up by sophisticated research, it was proposed to tie up with educational and research institutions, Dr Deivanayagam said, adding the NIS would join hands with University of Madras, Anna University, Dr. M.G.R.Medical University, King Institute, Madras Medical College and Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University.