THE World Health Organisation, WHO, has called on Africa and the Western countries to adopt a unified response to the global Monkeypox outbreak as the virus continues to spread.
The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, who made the call during a press conference, observed that while the Monkeypox virus has not spread to new non-endemic countries in Africa, noted that within countries with outbreaks, the virus has been expanding its geographic reach in recent years.
Her words: “We must avoid having two different responses to monkeypox – one for Western countries which are only now experiencing significant transmission and another for Africa. We must work together and have joined-up global actions which include Africa’s experience, expertise and needs.
“This is the only way to ensure we reinforce surveillance and better understand the evolution of the disease, while scaling up readiness and response to curb any further spread.