Telangana sets up isolation wards for suspected monkeypox patients, steps up vigil at airport

After two cases of monkeypox were reported from Kerala, the Telangana Department of Health prepared and designated the Government Fever Hospital at Nalakunta in Hyderabad as a nodal hospital to isolate and treat suspected patients if they test positive.

Talking to Indianexpress.comHospital Director Dr. K. Shenkar said two isolation wards, one each for male and female patients, were set up on Tuesday. We have arranged 36 beds and have the necessary staff, equipment and medicine. In case of any suspected patient, we will send urine and blood samples, throat swabs and wound scrapings for tests at Gandhi Hospital. If any of them test positive, these samples will be sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, for confirmation,” he said.

“There are no cases in Telangana so far. There is no need to worry though it is a highly contagious disease. It is like chickenpox or smallpox. The treatment is symptomatic and the patient will have to stay in hospital for 21 days.”

Health Minister T Harish Rao on Monday reviewed the reported monkeypox cases in Kerala and directed relevant officials to spread awareness about the disease, symptoms, tests, diagnosis and treatment. The Fever Hospital in Nallakunta, founded in 1915, was the first nodal center in the state to isolate and treat patients when the Covid-19 pandemic hit in March 2020.

Authorities at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad have been directed by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) to remain vigil. On airport preparedness, Dr Anuradha Medugo, Senior Regional Director, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Head of Airport Health Organization (APHO) in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, said the airports were following the guidelines for monkeypox that were first issued on May 20.

“In Hyderabad, we have four mass thermal scanners covering the entire airport. We can pick up cases of fever from the masses. We have not seen a case of suspected monkeypox or fever since May 23. Apart from screening, we are also looking for rashes on the hands of passengers, Dr. Anuradha told Indianexpress.com while stressing that screening and monitoring for coronavirus cases is still in place. By force.

She added: “In addition to our screenings and examinations in Hyderabad, we have instructed airlines to look for clinical symptoms such as fever or rash before allowing passengers to board the aircraft.” If any passenger develops symptoms of monkeypox, APHO will refer them to the Fever Hospital.

Monkeypox, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is spread from person to person through close contact with someone who has a monkeypox rash. Contact with body fluids, lesions on the skin or mucous surfaces, respiratory droplets, and contaminated objects including patient clothing or bed sheets can spread the virus. Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, low energy, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash or lesions on the face, palms of the hands, soles of the feet, mouth, genitals, anal area or eyes.

According to the World Health Organization, the number of pests can range from one to several thousand. Lesions start flat, then fill with fluid before crusting, drying and flaking, and a new layer of skin forms underneath. People remain contagious until all the lesions have crusted over, the crust has fallen off and a new layer of skin forms underneath.

The Ministry of Health advised the public to be careful and visit a doctor if any symptoms appear, as the incubation period of the virus ranges from two to three weeks. “In case of high fever, rash on the upper and lower extremities, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpit (axillary) and groin, eye redness, joint pain, weakness, vomiting and contact with a source with a travel history, one should see a doctor,” Dr. Shenkar added.

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