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Meeting on Monkey Pax at UHS, training of medical staff will start from Monday

Monkey Pax is transmitted from rats to humans. People who raise squirrels and rats should be careful. Dogs and cats do not have the disease, but caution is needed, said Vice Chancellor UHS.

Lahore: Member Punjab Assembly Khawaja Salman Rafique chaired a meeting at University of Health Sciences (UHS) regarding Monkey Pax.

It was decided at the meeting that training of medical personnel for dealing with monkey pox would start from Monday at UHS. A doctor, nurse and paramedical staff from each hospital would be trained for potential monkey pox patients at Jinnah and Children’s Hospital. One room will be reserved.

Salman Rafique said that at present no case of Monkey Pax has been reported in Pakistan. DG Health Office is procuring kits for PCR test. A committee of experts headed by Prof. Javed Akram has been formed.

Salman Rafique said that WHO has asked UNICEF to provide information for the purchase of antivirals and vaccines.

In this regard, Vice Chancellor HS Prof. Javed Akram said that they are in touch with a Danish company for vaccines. Pax comes from rats to humans. People who raise squirrels and rats should be careful. Dogs and cats do not have the disease but caution is required.

A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between UHS and the University of Child Health.



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