Gov’t fully prepared for monkeypox – VergeireInline image

Gov’t fully prepared for monkeypox – Vergeire
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Health department officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire. (Photo credits: Yahoo!News)

By Tracy Cabrera

MANILA — Following the rise in the number of cases of monkeypox in several countries as reported since May the current year, the Department of Health (DoH) has fully prepared for its possible entry into the Philippines, assuring the citizenry that already initiated measures to avoid its potential spread.

DoH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire gave the assurance just hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a “public health emergency of international concern.”

Vergeire likewise announced that interim technical guidelines for the implementation of monkeypox surveillance, screening, management, and infection control were already approved, which includes case definitions and protocols as part of the country’s response to the virus.

In addition, the health official noted that the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) has also begun optimizing its real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay for detecting the monkeypox virus since June 20.

“Up to now, there has been no finding in the Philippines that fits the definition of a suspect monkeypox case. The clinical presentation is often explained by other diseases that look like monkeypox but are not the same. The DoH will keep the Filipino public updated with factual information,” Vergeire stated. (ai/mtvn)

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