In the aftermath of Monkeypox cases in India, the Centre organised a task group to monitor and advise the government on the extension of diagnostic facilities and the investigation of immunisation for the virus in the country.
Cabinet Secretary, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, Additional Secretary (PMO), and other key officials attended the meeting.
“The team will be headed by Dr VK Paul, member (Health), NITI Aayog and members including Secretary, Union Health Ministry, Pharma and Biotech,” sources told ANI.
So far, India has documented four cases of monkeypox, three in Kerala and one in Delhi. A young man in Kerala died with monkeypox-like symptoms, prompting state Health Minister Veena George to launch a high-level investigation.
“A high-level inquiry will be conducted into the death of a person with symptoms of monkeypox in Chavakkad Kuranjiyur. The result of the test conducted in a foreign country was positive. He sought treatment in Thrissur,” George said.
“Delay in seeking treatment will be investigated. The health department called a meeting in Punnayur regarding the death of a young man due to monkeypox. A contact list and route map of the deceased youth were prepared,” she added.
The health department convened a conference in Punnayur to discuss the death of a young man with Monkeypox.
Meanwhile, a contact list and a road plan for the dead adolescent have been created. It is recommended that contact people be isolated.
Even as the number of cases in other nations rises, the federal government is on high alert.
Dr V K Paul, NITI Aayog’s member (Health), stated that there is no reason for concern because the government has taken substantial steps to combat the disease.
In an interview with ANI, Dr Paul attempted to reassure the public that there was no reason for alarm, but he emphasised that the country and society should be cautious.
“There is no need to panic, as of now, but one must report in time if they spot any symptoms, he said.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), more than 18,000 cases have been reported from 78 countries.
“The monkeypox outbreak can be stopped if countries, communities and individuals inform themselves, take the risks seriously, and take the steps needed to stop transmission and protect vulnerable groups,” said Dr Tedros, Director General, WHO on Thursday.