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Thiruvananthapuram: There has been a three-fold increase in drug abuse in Kerala after the closure of bars in the state, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said on Wednesday.

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“After the closure of the bars, the use of drugs in the state has gone up three times,” Chennithala told the assembly.

As part of the new liquor policy of Kerala, more than 700 hotels have closed down their bars. There are now just 24 five-star hotels that serve liquor.

He said Maoists were indulging in ‘narco terrorism’ and promoting cultivation of ganja plants. “They are using that money for terrorist activities.”

He also pointed out that psychotropic substances were freely available in medical stores.

“Of the 234 psychotropic medications, 228 are freely available in the medical shops,” said Chennithala.

(IANS)

 

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Fruit Bats Identified As Source Of Nipah Virus Outbreak In Kerala

At least 13 people died and more than 2,000 were kept under observation when the virus struck in May

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Fruit Bats Identified As Source Of Nipah Virus Outbreak In Kerala
Fruit Bats Identified As Source Of Nipah Virus Outbreak In Kerala. (IANS)

Fruit bats were the source of Nipah virus which created havoc in Kerala’s Kozhikode in May according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), an official said on Tuesday.

Kerala Health Secretary Rajiv Sadanandan said that tests of the first batch of 21 bats were were negative, but the second set of tests done on 55 fruit bats from Kozhikode confirmed that the nocturnal mammals were behind the spread.

Sadanandan told IANS that Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Tuesday confirmed the latest test results.

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At least 13 people died and more than 2,000 were kept under observation when the virus struck in May. Most of them were from Kozhikode district and some from Malappuram.

Even when the final green signal came from Kerala health authorities that the fear of the spread has been contained, the source of the virus outbreak was yet to be ascertained.

The ICMR is the country’s premier body engaged in formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research. (IANS)

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