Kozhikode and Malappuram districts, where 17 people died of Nipah in the month of May, was declared free of the virus by the Kerala government.
Speaking at a function got up to felicitate members of the medical teams, Health Minister K K Shylaja said, ‘A decision to declare both districts as Nipah virus free was taken by the government as no fresh cases have been reported after June 1’.
Doctors, para medical teams, support staff and volunteers who fought against the spread of the virus in the districts were also felicitated.
Sajeesh, husband of Lini Puthuserry, the nurse of Perumbra taluk hospital who died after contracting the virus while treating patients, was among those presented with awards for their tireless service to contain the spread of the virus.
The function was held as part of National Doctors day, which was observed across the country today to recognise the contributions of physicians to individual lives and communities.