Centre forms task force to monitor Monkeypox situation in India
1 August, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava
A high-level investigation was started by Kerala's state health minister Veena George after a young person who had symptoms similar to monkeypox died.
In response to reports of monkeypox in India, Center established a task group to keep an eye on the situation, advise government on the expansion of diagnostic resources, and investigate the possibility of developing a vaccine to combat the virus.
Cabinet Secretary, Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary, Additional Secretary (PMO), and other top officials were in the meeting where decision was made. According to reports, committee will be led by Dr. VK Paul, member (Health), NITI Aayog, and include the secretary of the Union Health Ministry, Pharma, and Biotech.
India has so far documented four instances of monkeypox, with three cases occurring in Kerala and one in Delhi. A high-level investigation was started by Kerala’s state health minister Veena George after a young person who had symptoms similar to monkeypox died.
“An extensive investigation will be carried out on the death of a person in Chavakkad Kuranjiyur who had signs of monkeypox. The test that was performed abroad had a favourable outcome. In Thrissur, he sought medical attention “George remarked.
She further added “Investigations on treatment delays will be conducted. Due to the death of a young man from monkeypox, the health department convened a conference at Punnayur. The dead youth’s contact information and route were compiled.”
Regarding the death of a young man who was reportedly caused by monkeypox, health authority summoned a conference in Punnayur.
A contact list and route plan for the dead youngsters have been created in the interim. It is suggested that contact people move into seclusion.