Management of Biological Disaster: At State Level

The State Disaster Management Authority is vested with the powers for Planning, Preparedness, Mitigation, and Response to disaster events, including biological disasters, in the State.

The State Authority will issue necessary instructions to the Health Department. The State Health Department is the nodal agency responsible for planning and to be in a state of preparedness including capacity development in terms of surveillance, early detection, rapid response, and containment of an outbreak.

In the case of a Bioterrorist attack, epidemiological clues have to be delineated to establish the nature of the attack. The State Health Department will prepare Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) in instituting the public health response. In crisis situations, the State Health Department has to depute RRTs, conduct clinical and epidemiological investigations, and institute public health measures to contain the outbreak.