Amid Monkeypox worry, India puts several airports on high alert
In a meeting Centre stressed that health facilities should keep a lookout for people who complain of an unexplained rash and have travelled in the last 21 days to a country that has recently had confirmed or suspected cases of monkeypox
India government has held high level meeting to combat what could potentially be the outbreak of another pandemic as Kerala and Delhi reported confirmed cases of Monkeypox virus. in the meeting the centre had cautioned all state and UT authorities, while urging them to increase surveillance.
Kerala reported the first Monkeypox case in India. People with international travel history were the patient. Following this, health minister Veena George said that international travellers will have to undergo thermal scanning at airports to check for symptoms of monkeypox.
Further she informed that health desks have been set up at all international airports and said there are facilities for vaccination in all 14 districts, health department staff, especially dermatologists, equipped with awareness.
The Bengaluru's department of health and family welfare has asked authorities to keep a watch on those arriving from affected countries or from international airports. this directive was issued after WHO declared the Monkeypox virus spread as a Global Public Health Scare. The Karnataka health department thereafter increased surveillance at points of entry in the state.
Tamil Nadu airport
The Tamil Nadu Police and Health Department have heightened the surveillance at international airports in the state after monkeypox cases surfaced in neighbouring Kerala.
The Health Department has set up surveillance teams at all four airports in the state to screen passengers who are reaching the state from international destinations.
Surveillance has also been amped up in Goa airport, considering it atracts a number of international tourists. Goa Health Department said that airport authorities and others have been asked to carry out close surveillance to detect monkeypox cases.
Health Department Director Dr Geeta Kakodkar informed that they have received the directives and guidelines circulated by WHO on Monkeypox and said, “We have circulated it to IMA doctors and government medical officers. We will take samples even if it is chicken pox case and will send it to (the NIV) Pune".
Odisha has not reported any case of Monkeypox. However, the state has asked airport officials to monitor those who are coming from outside, especially abroad. The directive was part of other instructions issued which included keeping dedicated beds in every medical college and hospital
Health Minister Naba Kishore Das said the administration has been keeping a close watch on the situation and directed officials to enhance surveillance.
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