Monkeypox cases in India: Government on alert regarding increasing cases of monkeypox, two more cases of infection registered in the country
Of the 12 samples collected by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, two tested positive for monkeypox on Friday. After confirmation, these patients were admitted to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP) Hospital. Both the patients with confirmed monkeypox infection have no recent travel history. Dr Lalit Dar, Professor, Department of Microbiology, AIIMS said, 15 laboratories have already been authorized by ICMR for testing across the country. Earlier, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi has so far tested 12 samples of suspected cases of monkeypox. Virology Lab, AIIMS, Delhi is one of the 15 laboratories in the country recognized by the Department of Health Research – Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
12 samples from different states in Delhi AIIMS
Talking to ANI, Dr. Lalit Dar, Professor, Department of Microbiology, AIIMS said, “We have received 12 samples from different states in the Virology Laboratory of the Department of Microbiology. We have got samples from Delhi also.” AIIMS, Delhi has so far taken samples from Delhi, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. It is noteworthy that monkeypox has been confirmed in two samples from Delhi and both the patients are admitted in LNJP Hospital. “Out of these 12 samples, which have tested positive, both are from Delhi,” said Dar. He said that chicken pox has been confirmed in some samples. Notably, the patients who tested positive for monkeypox at the AIIMS laboratory have no recent foreign travel history.
Delhi AIIMS has the capacity to take 400 samples in a day
On the ability to test, Dr. Lalit said, “Right now we are getting few samples daily, which is not a huge number. The government has increased the RTPCR testing capacity during Kovid. Monkeypox, for RTPCR. There is a capacity to take 400 samples per day. depending on the need and the number of patients. “As of now, the country has more than enough capacity to actually test.
15 laboratories have already been authorized by the Department of Health Research, ICMR for testing across the country. According to sources, in view of the increase in the cases of monkeypox in the country, isolation rooms have been started in three central government hospitals for the treatment of such infections.
Official sources told ANI, “Isolation rooms are functional at three major central government hospitals, Safdarjung Hospital, RML Hospital and Lady Hardinge Hospital, to treat monkeypox patients.” The Delhi government on Tuesday issued an official statement regarding the preparation of isolation rooms in government and private hospitals.
20 isolation rooms have been set up at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital, 10 at Guru Tegh Bahadur (GTB) Hospital and 10 at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital. Significantly, the Delhi government has also directed private hospitals to make isolation rooms for monkeypox patients.
These three hospitals are Kailash Deepak Hospital, East Delhi; MD City Hospital, North Delhi and Batra Hospital and Research Centre, Tughlakabad in South Delhi.
On Monday, the Joint Secretary of the Union Health Ministry wrote to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Executive Director Dr Hussein Abdul Rahman requesting him to expedite the screening to ensure that a person showing symptoms of monkeypox is not infected.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that there is no need to panic
In view of the increasing cases of monkeypox in the country, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday assured citizens not to panic and said that awareness campaigns are being conducted in collaboration with the state governments to prevent the spread of the infection.