Monkeypox: Indonesia Takes Steps to Avoid Same Fate as of Singapore
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Monkeypox: Indonesia Takes Steps to Avoid Same Fate as of Singapore 

Last updated on May 15th, 2019

The Health Ministry in Indonesia has resorted to various measures to halt the spread of monkeypox, an infectious disease caused by monkeypox virus.

Since the first case of the rare virus was reported in Singapore, the Indonesian government has boosted up its efforts to prevent the disease by placing prevention and detection systems at various entry gates to Indonesia.

On Monday, Anung Sugihantono, director general of the ministry’s disease control and prevention, claimed that the visitors from Nigeria and Singapore were tightly inspected to avoid the spread of monkeypox virus in Indonesia.

Laboratory monkeys were the first to discover monkeypox in 1958, while identifying its symptoms in humans in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970. Living beings in Central and Western Africa have been more prone to this disease. Anyone in close contact with the infected animals such as rodents and monkeys or people, could be afflicted with it. So far, the disease has led to 10 percent of deaths.

Recently, a Nigerian man in Singapore showed symptoms of monkeypox. He suffered from fever, headache, muscle pains, swollen lymph nodes along with rashes. Bush meat consumed by the man at a wedding in Nigeria was considered to be the main source of transmission of the virus in his body.

The man developed symptoms of monkeypox disease two days after he arrived in Singapore on April 28. Post diagnosis on May 8, the 38-year-old was isolated at an infectious disease centre in a stable condition. Since then, both the Indonesian and Singaporean government have been taking active steps in spreading awareness about the disease amongst the people.

The Health ministry of Singapore has been planning to detain and monitor the people who were in close contact with the man for about 21 days as precautionary measures.  

In the wake of the monkeypox disease, Batam, the closest Indonesian region to Singapore has also introduced strict steps to safeguard its citizens. They have already prepared two hospitals for the special treatment of monkeypox suspects. The authorities have been monitoring the visitors from all countries, landing in the city. Thermal detectors have been set up at five international ports, connecting Batam and Singapore.

“We will continue monitoring the situation and maintaining preventive measures until Singapore declares that it is free from the virus,” said Didi Kusumajadi, head of Batam Health Agency.

Since the implementation of the tighter inspection regime at Batam’s entry gates, Indonesia has seen zero results of monkeypox positive cases. It seems that the neighbouring islands have been taking active steps to avoid the same fate as that of Singapore. Nonetheless, following the precautionary measures on a regular basis might completely wipe out the disease.

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