National Centres for Disease Control (NCDC)
Part of: Prelims and GS-II Health
Context The Delhi-based National Centres for Disease Control (NCDC), a Union Health Ministry laboratory and a key lab in India’s genome sequencing network, has asked States to pause sending COVID-19 positive samples to it.
About The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)
- It was formerly the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD).
- NICD was transformed into the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) with a larger mandate of controlling emerging and re-emerging diseases in 2009.
- It is a national level institute for training specialized manpower for public health, laboratory sciences and entomological services and is involved in various applied research activities.
- Major Functions
- Undertakes investigations of disease outbreaks all over the country.
- Provides referral diagnostic services to individuals, community, medical colleges, research institutions and state health directorates.
- Engaged in generation and dissemination of knowledge in various areas like Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Laboratories etc.
- Applied integrated research in various aspects of communicable as well as some aspects of non-communicable diseases has been one of the prime functions of the Institute.
- The Institute is under administrative control of the Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
- The Institute has its headquarters in Delhi.