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Kerala Nipah virus outbreak: Dr. Kafeel Khan offers help, CM accepts

By Deepika

Dr Kafeel Khan from Uttar Pradesh, who was infamously embroiled in a clash with the Yogi government following the infant deaths in Gorakhpur, has offered to serve at Kozhikode district in the wake of Nipah outbreak.

Kerala Nipah virus outbreak: Dr. Kafeel Khan offers help, CM accepts

Dr. Kafeel Khan has taken to Facebook to make a request to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to give him permission to serve at the Kozhikode Medical College under the circumstance of the deadly Nipah virus spreading in the state.

His Facebook post reads: "After sehri n fajr namaz was trying to sleep but couldn't. Disturbed with increase no of mortality due to Nipah Virus (NiV) infection and rumours spreading on social media platforms."

"I request Kerala Cheif minister Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan to allow me to serve at Calicut Medical College to save innocent lives. Sister Lini is an inspiration and I am more than willing to sacrifice my life for the noble cause. May Allah give me the strength/knowledge and skill to serve Humanity," it said.

Responding to the FB post, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that the state government is more than happy to allow persons like Dr Kafeel to work with the state.

"It is heartwarming that several persons associated with the health sector were coming forward, extending their willingness to help the government in containing the Nipah virus. This includes doctors and health experts. Some had already arrived at Kozhikode. The state government is grateful to them," said Vijayan in his FB post.

As per his post, the Chief Minister also said that the medical professionals who wish to offer their services in the state should either contact the Directorate of Health Services or Calicut Medical College Superintendent, to process their requests.

It may be recalled that Dr. Kafeel Khan was arrested last year in connection with the death of about 63 infants following disruption of oxygen in Gorakhpur hospital. Huge protest arose across the nation following his arrest and he was finally released from jail after seven months in April 2018.

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