by Ayo Oladiran
The World Health Organization (WHO), on Saturday, declared the rapidly spreading monkeypox as a global health emergency.
Director-General, WHO, Tedros Adhanom. Ghebreyesus, made the declaration to trigger a coordinated international response to unlock funding to collaborate on sharing vaccines and treatments.
The monkeypox outbreak has led to 16,000 recorded cases in over 75 countries, and five deaths in Africa.
Tedros in a media briefing, stated that the outbreak is common in men who have sex with men.
“Although I am declaring a public health emergency of international concern, for the moment this is an outbreak that is concentrated among men who have sex with men, especially those with multiple sexual partners,” he said.
This declaration has been tagged as a “call to action for the world community to stop the spread of the virus” by Raj Panjabi, director of the White House pandemic preparedness office.
Panjabi said a ” coordinated, international response is essential” to stop the spread of the disease and protect communities at the great risk of contracting the fast spreading disease.