Given the disease’s global expansion, Uganda’s Ministry of Health has increased its monitoring of monkeypox significantly. Following the disease’s spread to 23 non-endemic countries and eight endemic African countries, including the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda’s director-general of health services, Henry Mwebesa, stated that more surveillance is required in Uganda.
“The ministry of health is working closely with partners to monitor the evolving status of the monkeypox outbreak in various parts of the world,” he said in a statement issued in Kampala, Uganda’s capital.
According to the statement, the ministry has strengthened surveillance of all health personnel to identify those who exhibit signs and symptoms of monkeypox infection.
The Uganda Virus Research Institute, the country’s largest laboratory, has increased its testing capability to detect monkeypox. As previously stated, monkeypox is a viral ailment that spreads between animals and humans. Through direct touch, lesions, body fluids, and breathing droplets can transfer the disease from person to person.
High fever, rash, severe headache, swelling of the lymph nodes, back pain, muscle tissue, and overall weakness are some of the signs and markers of the illness. “The general population is asked to take caution and quickly tell local health care practitioners of any dubious behavior in their health,” according to the statement.