The epidemic of monkeypox in Rwanda is being “closely monitored.” Because the globe is only just beginning to recover from the destruction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the current breakout of the monkeypox virus throughout the world has become a fresh reason for alarm. This is especially true in light of the fact that the world is only just beginning to heal.
Countries like as the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, and Canada are just some of the places that have already verified high numbers of cases.
On the other hand, based on the present prevalence rate across a number of nations, health organisations have allayed worries of an all-out outbreak by noting the fact that there are no substantial grounds to worry about the situation. They do, however, ask for further measures to be taken to avoid the condition and raise awareness of it.
When asked for a comment on how well Rwanda is prepared to deal with the outbreak, the Minister of State for Primary Healthcare, Dr. Tharcisse Mpunga, responded that the country, along with the other countries, is currently monitoring the outbreak to determine in advance which preventative measures are required to ensure the safety of the Rwandan population.
Mpunga said that a team from the Ministry of Health’s Department of Epidemiological Surveillance is carefully monitoring the epidemic, but he rushed to add that there is currently no need to be alarmed about the situation.
As of right now, there is no need to be concerned about the danger posed by the virus, and even if there were a reason, the health care system in Rwanda is very well-equipped to regulate and manage the possibility of an epidemic occurring in the nation.
In addition, he said that we have access to all of the resources necessary to guarantee both safety and security.
What you need to be aware of about monkeypox
Although it is clinically less severe than smallpox, monkeypox is caused by a virus that is transferred to people from animals. The symptoms of monkeypox are remarkably similar to those that were observed in the past in individuals who had smallpox.
Since vaccination against smallpox was discontinued, an increasing number of cases and outbreaks of the illness have been documented, which has stoked fears about the disease’s potential to continue to spread.
It is necessary to have direct touch with a person who is already infected in order for the monkeypox virus to be passed on.
Cases of monkeypox should do self-monitoring for the onset of symptoms for up to 21 days after their most recent interaction with a case of the disease after contact has been confirmed.
The first symptoms are often similar to those of the flu, such as fever, chills, tiredness, headache, and weakness in the muscles. These are followed by swelling in the lymph nodes, which are responsible for assisting the body in its battle against infection and illness.
The therapy for the illness consists mostly on relieving the symptoms and providing support. This treatment also includes the prevention and management of subsequent bacterial infections.
Cases of monkeypox have been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) from twelve different Member States that are not endemic to the monkeypox virus, and these cases have been found in three different WHO regions.