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Delhi Government has geared up to fight even potential Monkeypox outbreak: Dy CM Manish Sisodia

New Delhi: The Kejriwal Government is committed to constantly provide better healthcare services to all the residents of Delhi. A big part of this is to improve the government health infrastructure’s capacity to deal with viral and other microbial outbreaks. With this in mind, the Kejriwal Government has geared up to prevent the monkeypox infection […]

Edited By : Mahipal | Updated: Aug 3, 2022 12:57 IST
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New Delhi: The Kejriwal Government is committed to constantly provide better healthcare services to all the residents of Delhi. A big part of this is to improve the government health infrastructure’s capacity to deal with viral and other microbial outbreaks. With this in mind, the Kejriwal Government has geared up to prevent the monkeypox infection across the capital. The government has set up 20 isolation rooms in Loknayak Jaiprakash Hospital, 10 isolation rooms each in GTB hospital, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Kailash Deepak Hospital, MD City Hospital and Batra Hospital Tughlakabad. Speaking about the preparations being made by the government, the Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “Not many cases of Monkeypox have been reported in India, yet we are ready with all the preventive measures in place. The Delhi Government is taking several important steps to prevent monkeypox infection from spreading across the capital.”

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that though monkeypox is a communicable disease, one needs to follow the precautions instead of being scared of it. He further said, “Delhi Government is keeping an eye on the complete situation of monkeypox infection and has done all the preparations to fight back. Looking at the current situation, isolation rooms have been set up in three government and three private hospitals.”

Manish Sisodia said, “To provide immediate treatment to the positive and suspected cases of monkeypox, Delhi Government has made isolation rooms in three government hospitals and three private hospitals. 20 isolation rooms have been prepared in Loknayak Jaiprakash Hospital, 10 isolation rooms each in GTB hospital and Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital. Apart from this 10 isolation rooms each have been set up in Kailash Deepak Hospital, MD City Hospital and Batra Hospital Tughlakabad. The number of rooms will be increased in the future as per the requirement. All the arrangements have been made as per the global standards to fight the infectious monkeypox virus.”

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It is to be noted that, as on July 23, 2022, more than 16,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported in 75 countries across the world, in view of which the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared monkeypox as a “public health emergency”. Seven cases of monkeypox have been reported in India so far, out of which two cases are from Delhi, both the patients are undergoing treatment at Loknayak Jaiprakash Hospital.

According to the guidelines of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MFHoW), if a person has the history of travelling to monkeypox affected countries in past 21 days, has symptoms like swollen lymph nodes, fever, headache, bodyache, rashes, weakness, respiratory symptoms etc, then he/she might be a suspected case of monkeypox. The precautions to be followed for avoiding the infection of monkeypox includes exposure to the infected person; the disease can be spread through direct physical contact with skin or skin wounds, or by contact with materials used by the infected person, such as clothing, bedding or utensils.

 

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First published on: Aug 03, 2022 10:55 AM IST

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