Odisha trains health staff to fight monkeypox – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

BHUBANESWAR/CUTTACK: With two more suspected cases of monkeypox surfacing in the country, the government of Odisha has been emphasizing screening and testing of all suspected cases at points of entry (PoE) like airports, and in the community.

In accordance with the directive issued by the Ministry of Health, the orientation of all key stakeholders, including health screening teams at points of entry, disease surveillance teams and doctors working in hospitals on the common signs and symptoms in addition to the diagnosis, will be performed at regular intervals. They will also receive training on suspect/confirmed case and contact identification, contact tracing and other surveillance activities.

The Department of Health and Family Welfare has instructed all CDMOs, city commissioners and superintendents of medical schools and hospitals to take steps to isolate suspects and patients after they are detected, in addition to focusing on ongoing monitoring and timely treatment.

They were also asked to prioritize intensive risk communication by health workers at health facility sites such as dermatological and pediatric DPOs, vaccination clinics, intervention sites identified by the National AIDS Service Organization (NACO) in addition to the public on simple prevention strategies. A senior health official said steps were being taken to promptly report cases once identified at entry points or hospitals or at the community level.

Meanwhile, the state government has made SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack the nodal center for the management of monkeypox. A separate isolation ward and four intensive care beds have been prepared for suspects and patients.

A team of doctors from various departments including medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, microbiology and dermatology was assembled to treat the patients. Director of Health Services Dr Bijay Mohapatra said that although no case of monkeypox has been detected in the state, the chances of the virus affecting people cannot be ruled out as there is no no restrictions on foreign travel.

BHUBANESWAR/CUTTACK: With two more suspected cases of monkeypox surfacing in the country, the government of Odisha has been emphasizing screening and testing of all suspected cases at points of entry (PoE) like airports, and in the community. In accordance with the directive issued by the Ministry of Health, the orientation of all key stakeholders, including health screening teams at points of entry, disease surveillance teams and doctors working in hospitals on the common signs and symptoms in addition to the diagnosis, will be performed at regular intervals. They will also receive training on suspect/confirmed case and contact identification, contact tracing and other surveillance activities. The Department of Health and Family Welfare has instructed all CDMOs, city commissioners and superintendents of medical schools and hospitals to take steps to isolate suspects and patients after they are detected, in addition to focusing on ongoing monitoring and timely treatment. They were also asked to prioritize intensive risk communication by health workers at health facility sites such as dermatological and pediatric DPOs, vaccination clinics, intervention sites identified by the National AIDS Service Organization (NACO) in addition to the public on simple prevention strategies. A senior health official said steps were being taken to promptly report cases once identified at entry points or hospitals or at the community level. Meanwhile, the state government has made SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack the nodal center for the management of monkeypox. A separate isolation ward and four intensive care beds have been prepared for suspects and patients. A team of doctors from various departments including medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, microbiology and dermatology was assembled to treat the patients. Director of Health Services Dr Bijay Mohapatra said that although no cases of monkeypox have been detected in the state, the chances of the virus affecting people cannot be ruled out as there is no no restrictions on foreign travel.

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