Centre holds high level meeting over rising cases of Monkeypox

 A high-level meeting is taking place in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare over the rising cases of Monkeypox in the country. India has so far reported nine cases of monkeypox including one death.

The review meeting on Monkeypox is being held by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) – a division of the health ministry that is responsible for managing public health issues of international or national concern.

The meeting is being chaired by Dr L Swasticharan, director of Emergency Medical Relief and is being attended by officials from the National Aids Control Organisation, National Centre for Disease Control and World Health Organisation (WHO) representatives.

“This is a technical meeting to revisit the existing guidelines,” an official said.

The review meeting is taking place after India reported its ninth case of the disease on Wednesday. A 31-year-old man with no foreign travel history was diagnosed with the disease in Delhi — the fourth such case in the national capital.