The NIH in Islamabad has decided to find a vaccine for MonkeyPox prevention from the WHO. A national Daily reported that The disease comes after two individuals who have returned from Saudi Arabia were found to be infected.
During the NCOC meeting, which was held on Wednesday, to discuss the situation with Monkeypox in the country. They decided that a request would be made to the WHO for a significant amount of the MonkeyPox vaccine.
The vaccine would protect medical workers and infectious disease experts on the front lines dealing with proven and suspected infectious diseases.
After two individuals who arrived in Islamabad on April 17, 2023, from Saudi Arabia were found to be infected with Monkeypox, according to the health institutions and establishments, the whole of Pakistan was put on high alert.
Isolation wards were established in major cities of the country, such as Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi, and Peshawar. They were built to deal with any suspected cases of Monkeypox disease.
According to the Health Ministry official, the issue of MonkeyPox cases was discussed in detail at the NCOC meeting on Wednesday at NIH Islamabad. They decided that a formal request would be made to the WHO to provide the Monkeypox vaccine.
According to the official statement of WHO and the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, “the person who work in settings where they may be exposed to Monkeypox or orthopoxvirus in a laboratory and healthcare workers who respond to orthopoxvirus and
healthcare worker response teams need to be vaccinated with a two-dose vaccine.”
The vaccine to prevent Monkeypox is currently not available, but now that the country has detected cases, it is important to have the vaccine to immunize vulnerable people and experts.
As of April 25, 2023, 87,113 laboratory-confirmed cases and 130 deaths have been reported from 110 member states across all 6 WHO regions.
According to the officials, MonkeyPox cases were reported in the country. On April 17 2023 A sick person who had been deported from Saudi Arabia for overstaying landed in Islamabad suffering from high-grade fever, rashes, headache, muscle aches, and a sore throat.
He was recommended to go to the Pakistan Institute of Islamabad (PIMS), where his samples were forwarded to the National Institute of Health (NIH) on suspicion of having Monkeypox. Later it was confirmed that he was infected with the disease and he was admitted to an isolation ward at PIMS.
Airports across the country are on high alert following the discovery of two cases of Monkeypox, and airlines have been instructed to notify the border health services department at the airport if they suspect any cases.