Friday, August 12 2022

The Department of Health and the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) are working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to assess the risk of local transmission of Monkeypox.

According to Monday’s Cabinet statement, this is done in accordance with the International Health Regulations (IHR), a legally binding agreement of 196 countries aimed at enhancing the ability to detect and report potential public health emergencies around the world.

On Thursday, the Cabinet said it was updated on the latest developments in the spread of Monkeypox disease in the country following the recent confirmation of a second case.

“Those affected are in isolation at home and contact tracing is underway to detect others who may have been exposed.”

According to the statement, the virus does not spread easily and usually only occurs after close contact such as kissing, hugging or touching body parts with Monkeypox lesions.

“People without Monkeypox symptoms cannot transmit the virus to others.”

The Cabinet advised people who show symptoms of fever, general flu-like signs followed by blister-like rash to report to the nearest health facility for early detection and treatment. .

Last week, the WHO announced plans to reconvene the Emergency Monkeypox Committee as part of the IHR as infections continue to soar around the world.

In June, the WHO Emergency Committee decided by consensus that the outbreak did not constitute a global public health emergency at this stage.

However, speaking to the media on Wednesday last week, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he remained concerned about the scale and spread of the virus.

Ghebreyesus announced that more than 6,000 cases are registered in 58 countries.

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