September 28, 2022
Govt declares high alert against monkeypox

The federal government on Monday issued special instructions to all national and provincial health authorities to remain on high alert for any suspected case of monkeypox — a viral disease that has been spreading in Europe and elsewhere in recent days.

According to a Radio Pakistan report, the Ministry of National Health Services is closely monitoring the situation and has debunked information circulating on social media about monkeypox cases being reported in Pakistan.

“The official [of the ministry] said that as per reports of the National Institute of Health, no case of monkeypox has been diagnosed in the country so far,” it added.

Previously, the NIH had also clarified that reports on the disease’s prevalence in the country on social media were “incorrect”. It had further called upon the national and provincial health authorities to remain vigilant for any suspected case.

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