Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Delhi airport to send passengers with monkeypox symptoms to LNJP, Kerala on alert

New Delhi: Amid strict health screening at ports and airports to check the spread of monkeypox, the Delhi airport will refer international arrivals exhibiting symptoms of the viral infection to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital, PTI reported quoting sources.

The sources said travellers having symptoms like high fever, back pain and joint pain at Delhi's IGI Airport will be sent to the isolation ward at LNJP Hospital, which has a special 20-member team to deal with such patients.

The samples of suspected patients will be sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, while the district administration will quarantine the family members and carry out contact tracing of such suspected patients.

The decision was taken in a review meeting chaired by Delhi Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena on Monday, a day after the first case of monkeypox was detected in the national capital.

The Delhi government asked district authorities and officials concerned to adhere to the Centre’s guidelines on management of monkeypox. Further directions include establishing or strengthening referral arrangements from airport/port to identified link hospital.

26/07/22 India Today

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