Monkeypox Scar: The Union Health Ministry has written a letter to the representative of the WHO in the UAE to ensure that passengers with symptoms similar to monkeypox are not allowed to board the aircraft. To prevent the spread of this disease in the country.
In a letter to Dr. Hussein Abdul Rahman Ali Rand, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Executive Director of the world body in the UAE and the contact point of International Health Regulation (IHR), Lav Aggarwal cited three infected people found in India, who were from the Gulf country. had returned. He said that even before coming to India, symptoms of monkeypox infection started emerging in him.
What did the Health Secretary say in the letter?
In a letter dated August 1, Agarwal said that under Article 18 of the International Health Regulation (IHR)-2005, WHO recommends screening of passengers at the time of evacuation to its member countries and if necessary in view of international health emergency concerns. Allows restrictions on the movement of people from the affected areas.
He said that in view of the above facts, it is requested that the evacuation checks should be made stricter to ensure that passengers with symptoms similar to monkeypox do not board the aircraft and to reduce the spread of infection in the country. .
A copy of the letter also sent to the Ministry of Aviation
Agarwal has also sent a copy of this letter to the WHO’s representative in India, Joint Secretary (Gulf Region) in the Ministry of External Affairs, and Joint Secretary (U) in the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The letter said that as the world community is in the grip of another health emergency of international concern, it is necessary that IHR contact points continuously coordinate and share important information so that the spread of infection can be stopped.
How many cases of monkeypox were there in India?
Significantly, so far eight cases of monkeypox have been reported in India, out of which one patient has died. The central government has constituted a task force to closely monitor the situation arising out of monkeypox and prevent the spread of the infection.
Official sources told PTI that this task force will guide the government in expanding testing facilities and also look at emerging trends in vaccination against infection. Significantly, on 23 July, the WHO declared monkeypox as a global public health emergency of international concern.