India forms task force on monkeypox after reporting its first death

By Tejaswita Tiwari  | Date: 2022-08-02

India forms task force on monkeypox after reporting its first death

The central government of India has reportedly constituted a task force on the monkeypox situation after the country reported its first death a day earlier.

The task force will be responsible for monitoring and offering guidance on extending diagnostic facilities, as well as delving into vaccination for the disease in the country.

As per credible sources, the task team will be led by NITI Aayog Member V.K. Paul, along with senior health minister and other government officials, as well as health secretary Rajesh Bhushan.

On  1st August, the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune confirmed the death of a Kerala man as the first case of fatality due to monkeypox in India.

The man was tested positive for monkeypox in UAE and had been admitted in a private hospital upon his return last week.

Kerala has so far reported four monkeypox cases.

Rajasthan also reported its first suspected case of monkeypox. A Nigerian man tested positive for Monkeypox in Delhi as well, marking the second case in the state.

Avi Kumar, Senior Consultant of Pulmonology at Fortis Escort, said that the move to set up a task force is good in case the virus has to be declared an Emergency Health hazard, as it will help in curbing the spread and taking up appropriate measures to mitigate the infection.

Kumar added that the task force will also assist and guide WHO regarding diagnostic facilities expansion as well as in exploring vaccination possibility in India.

Rukmini Gulati, a Senior Pulmonologist, said that misinformation that suggests that an average person may be at risk of contracting the disease via short contact with the infected should be avoided and kept in check.

Rukmini added that there is no need to panic as it is known that the disease does not spread easily.

It has been reported that over 20,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported globally since May, with Africa having recorded almost 75 deaths due to a highly infectious strain of the virus.

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