WHO Declares Monkeypox a Global Health Emergency


The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the monkeypox virus a global health emergency on Saturday (23/7). This was conveyed directly by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Furthermore, it will open further coordination, open funding, and joint efforts to collaborate in sharing vaccines and treatments.

So far this year, there have been more than 16,000 cases of monkeypox in more than 75 countries and five deaths in Africa.

The virus is spread by close contact and tends to cause flu-like symptoms and pus-filled skin patches. In addition, this disease has spread mainly in men who have sex with infected men, outside Africa.

This global health emergency was designed by the WHO to sound the alarm that a coordinated international response is needed to unlock global funds and efforts to collaborate on sharing vaccines and treatments.

Reporting to the Associated Press (AP), Tedros decided to make monkeypox a global health emergency amid a lack of convention among experts on the UN health agency’s emergency committee.

on the outside, this is the first time the head of the UN health agency has taken such action.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health (Kemenkes) stated that so far no cases of monkeypox or monkeypox have been detected in Indonesia.

This was conveyed by the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Mohammad Syahril, responding to the status of monkeypox which was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday (23/7/2022).

“Until now, there has been no case of (monkeypox) in Indonesia,” said Syahril, quoted on Sunday (24/7/2022).

Nevertheless, Syahril ensured that the government always followed the development of cases and research developments in countries that had reported the findings of monkeypox.

The developments and research that have been carried out will be used as lessons for Indonesia to determine the best prevention and treatment measures.

“Second, how to be vigilant because this is a contagious disease that can occur between countries, so we must be vigilant at the entrances to our country,” said Syahril.

Both from the airport and by sea and land to the mobilization of people and also animals that cause the transmission of monkeypox, he said.