After monkeypox outbreak, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has rightfully decided to take quick action so that the spread of the virus can be stopped. The WHO has shared key measures to stop the spread of the disease. And this is very critical as we are in a situation where we can use public health tools for early identification, a WHO official said adding that it is extremely essential to stop the spread in the non-endemic countries.
The WHO official said that the first step is to raise awareness about what monkeypox is about and what it isn’t and we have to expand surveillance.The second is to stop human-to-human transmission of monkeypox – We can do this in the non-endemic countries And this is very critical as we are in a situation where we can use public health tools of early identification; isolation of cases, supported isolation cases, talking with communities and listening to communities, and engaging with communities to be a part of the solution. The official added that the third is that we also want to protect frontline workers. Anyone that is out there Anyone who is out there taking samples for testing or to take care of individuals want to ensure that they have the right information and that they have the right personal protection equipment and we want to utilize all the countermeasures that are in place.
Fourth is to utilise countermeasures -There are antivirals and vaccines but we have to utilize these appropriately for those who are most at risk in an equitable fashion, the WHO official said. Lastly, overarching is to advance our understanding of what monkeypox is. So we are going to have a big global meeting to discuss R&D, research, from everything from epidemiology, all the way through diagnostic, therapeutic and vaccine.