The Fiji Times » Public urged to arm themselves with monkeypox knowledge

The Fiji Department of Health and Medical Services is working with communication and community engagement teams to reduce the risk of the spread of monkeypox.

Department of Health Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong made the comment as he urged members of the public to arm themselves with knowledge to reduce the risk of the disease spreading.

“Infection prevention protocols have been developed at the border and in community facilities,” Dr. Fong said.

“Protocols have been initiated to maintain surveillance of travelers from selected countries to ensure early diagnosis, treatment and contact tracing.

“However, it is important to ensure that as we escalate community-wide infection prevention and control measures, we respond to current threats and build community-wide resilience in the face of future threats.”

He said doctors and nurses in the community also needed to make sure they were well informed about the disease.

“The focus will be on ensuring that people suspected or confirmed of having monkeypox can be cared for in a dignified manner, without the threat of stigma.”

He said the ministry was in talks with the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure access to monkeypox vaccines and medicines and would continue to issue more specific advisories over the coming days or weeks. .

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