Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, has instructed officials to raise awareness among people in the state about monkey pox and to keep a minimum of 10 beds reserved in Covid hospitals for cases of the disease.
People should be made aware of the symptoms of monkey pox, the treatment and precautions to be taken according to the guidelines of the World Health Organization and the Indian government, Mr Adityanath said in a statement to senior officials.
Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted from animals to humans) with symptoms similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although it is less severe clinically.
It is usually a self-limiting disease with symptoms lasting two to four weeks. Monkeypox usually presents with fever, headache, rash, sore throat, cough, and swollen lymph nodes.
India has so far registered four monkey pox cases, three in Kerala and one in Delhi.
Reports have also been received in the recent past of pigs dying as a result of the African swine flu infection, the prime minister said. A containment zone system should be implemented to control the spread of the infection, he added.
After the death of the infected pigs, they should be disposed of according to protocols and guidelines should be drawn up for this, the statement said.
Since pig farms are also a livelihood for many people, a proposal should be made to provide financial aid to those who suffer losses from African swine flu, the prime minister ordered.
He said Covid was fully under control in the state and more than 34 crore vaccine doses had been administered.
To date, 55 lakh people have received free booster doses of the Covid vaccines, the prime minister said, and instructed them to speed up the pace of administering these doses.
He said efforts should be made to ensure every eligible person in the state gets a free booster dose.
A total of 491 new Covid cases have been discovered in Uttar Pradesh, the statement said.
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