Monkeypox cases rising rapidly
WORLD Health Organisation (WHO) director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says there are now 9,200 cases of monkeypox in 63 countries.
“The emergency committee for monkeypox will reconvene next week and look at trends, how effective the counter-measures are and make recommendations for what countries and communities should do to tackle the outbreak,” he said during a media briefing.
“In the meantime, the multi-pronged approach continues,”
Ghebreyesus said the WHO was working closely with civil society and the LGBTIQ+ community, especially to tackle the stigma around the virus and spread information so people could stay safe.
He added that WHO continued to work with countries and vaccine manufacturers to coordinate the sharing of vaccines, which were currently scarce.
And that World Health Organisation continued to work with countries and experts to drive forward research and development.
“Last Sunday and Monday, the National Institute for Biomedical Research in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the National Institute of Health and Medical Research and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, convened researchers and experts in trials worldwide to develop consensus on a global Core protocol for the evaluation of treatments for monkeypox.”
Ghebreyesus said all stakeholders needed to work to stop onward transmission and advise governments to implement contact tracing to help track and stem the virus and assist people in isolation.
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