India to Study Presence of Superbug
The Indian government has finally woken up to the urgency of researching the presence of superbugs in New Delhi, the nation’s capital. A furore had recently been raised by a recent British report which found the superbug gene NDM-1 in New Delhi’s water supply. The Indian government had responded by alleging that the superbug hullabaloo was intended to harm the nation’s burgeoning medial tourism industry.
However, now India’s National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) will check the presence of the superbug in three New Delhi hospitals: Lady Hardinge, Ram Manohar Lohia and Safdarjung. Health experts and water officials of the city will also meet to discuss how to detect the presence of the bugs in New Delhi’s water supply.
The naming of the superbug gene after New Delhi has raised hackles in India. Indian health experts say this act has stigmatized the city and raised doubts about the wisdom of foreigners getting medical treatment in India, which could jeopardize its booming medical tourism industry.