Monday, October 15, 2001 08:00 IST Our Bureau, Mumbai
Dr Jal Minocher Mehta, vice-chairman and director of Serum Institute of India Limited (SIIL) and Hon. President of Poona District Leprosy Committee (PDLC), died on October 13, due to brain haemorrhage at a private hospital in Pune. Dr Mehta was admitted in the hospital last week following a high blood pressure. A medical doctor by profession, Dr. Mehta had been actively involved with leprosy eradication programme in the country for the last 30 years.
A great philanthropist of the century, Dr Mehta, was awarded the Padma Bhushan for scientific medical research and social work in leprosy in 1982. Dr. Mehta, who was one of the eminent personalities on the Advisory Board of the Pharmabiz.com and Chronicle Pharmabiz, had also been appointed as member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Vienna Karl Landsteiner Institute for collaboration in the research for a prophylactic and therapeutic leprosy vaccine.
Dr Mehta was also chairman of the Indian Red Cross Society, Poona District branch. Instrumental in the development and manufacture of measles vaccine from the seed virus stage and thereby making SIIL the only producer of this vaccine in the country, Dr Mehta had been able to obtain WHO accreditation for DTP group of bacterial vaccines manufactured by Serum Institute.