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(Nigeria Centre for Disease Control/who.int)

The Odisha government on Tuesday urged the Centre to provide kits to the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), Bhubaneswar, to detect the monkeypox virus.

State health minister Naba Kishore Das has written this to union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

In the letter, Das said there had been an outbreak of the monkeypox virus globally, mostly in African countries, with India reporting some such cases.

It is imperative to ensure laboratory preparedness for the detection of the pathogen in all states. The health department of Odisha has already taken proactive steps and instructed medical colleges and district-level health centres for the screening of monkeypox based on clinical features and patient history.

The letter read that the Regional Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL) at RMRC Bhubaneswar should provide the requisite kits and controls to ensure preparedness for monkeypox laboratory testing.

Das informed that the RMRC Bhubaneswar and the regional level VRDL at the centre had provided considerable support to the public health system in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease.

“It is, therefore, requested that the laboratory be provided with the kits for screening for orthopoxviruses to ensure preparedness to handle the looming public health threat posed by monkeypox,” he added.

Not a single monkeypox case has been detected in Odisha so far.

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