Pakistan’s Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination announced on Tuesday that all national and provincial health authorities have been placed on high alert following the detection of two cases of Monkeypox in the country for the first time. In response to the situation, all major airports have also been put on high alert as the virus is highly contagious and timely detection is critical for the prompt implementation of preventive measures.
Medical Facilities Prepare for Possible Outbreak
The recent cases of Monkeypox have prompted state-run and private medical facilities to prepare for isolation and treatment. The Sindh Health Department has directed hospitals across the provincial capital to remain on high alert to deal with the possibility of a Monkeypox outbreak. It has also instructed officials to establish an Isolation ward that is active 24 hours a day and to take all necessary precautions for infection control.
Pakistan’s Health Authorities Take Action Following Monkeypox Cases
Control Room Established to Combat Virus Spread
To combat the spread of the virus, a control room has been established at the National Command and Operation Centre. Officials were informed of the distribution of personal protective equipment at all airports. To prevent the spread, officials have made face masks and sanitary gloves mandatory for all porters who come into direct contact with passengers at airports.
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Symptoms of Monkeypox
Monkeypox is a rare infection caused by the monkeypox virus. Symptoms include rashes, fever, headaches, muscle aches, swelling, and backaches. According to global health authorities, human-to-human transmission can occur among people in close physical contact with symptomatic cases.
Major Airports on High Alert
Final thought Pakistan’s health authorities have taken stern measures following the detection of Monkeypox cases. It is critical for all medical facilities and major airports to remain on high alert, and for officials to implement preventive measures to combat the spread of the virus.