Lucknow: Prevention is better than cure. Considering this, the Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday took a serious note and urged the administration to reserve beds for monkeypox patients in COVID-designated hospitals all over the state. In fact, no monkeypox cases have been detected in Uttar Pradesh yet.
The UP government came into action when the decision was taken to send the international travellers with monkeypox symptoms to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital in Delhi from the airport. The first case of monkeypox was revealed in Delhi on Sunday. It is the fourth confirmed case of monkeypox being detected in the country.
On Saturday, the World Health Organization clarified that monkeypox is a global public health emergency.
According to sources in the health ministry, surveillance will be increased for people coming in from countries where monkeypox has become prevalent.
To stop the spread of the virus, 16 labs have been established in the country so far to test samples of monkeypox virus.