Afghanistan would soon get monkeypox test kits as the positive cases are on the rise across the globe.
A spokesman for the Public Health Ministry, Jvid Hazhir said that the World Health Organization (WHO) would provide Afghanistan with testing kits to examine possible monkeypox cases.
However, Hazhir did not specify when they would get the kits but said that the Afghan health sector is currently lacking kits to test the virus.
“We have PCR machines and once we receive the kits these machines could be used to diagnose the virus,” Hazhir said.
Fazal Rahman Rahmani, Head of Kabul University of Medical Sciences said they have arranged a seminar within the university compound to increase awareness among the people about monkeypox.
“It is everyone’s responsibility to educate each other about the monkeypox and we must increase public awareness about the disease,” Rahmani said.
Rahmani also called on the ministry of public health to take all necessary steps to increase public awareness.
According to the World Health Organization, monkeypox is usually a self-limited disease and lasts two or four weeks, but it would be severe in children, and pregnant women.
The Afghan health ministry said they received suspected monkeypox cases in Kabul, Herat, Nimroz, Nangarhar, and Maidan Wardak provinces but all were negative.
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