Thursday, 30 June, 2022
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Monkeypox

Air, land ports on high alert

All air and land ports across the country have remained alert to the possibility of an outbreak of monkeypox, a viral disease which has already spread to many countries.   

Sources at different air and land ports have confirmed that most of the port authorities have started screening passengers and asking questions about their travel history and health condition.  

Executive Director of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) Group Captain Kamrul Islam said they are alert and ready to handle any emergency situation.

“We are screening every passenger and keeping a close eye on them. We are particularly cautious about the passengers coming from affected countries, international airports, and land ports in order to prevent monkeypox,” he said.

“If anyone has a fever, rash, or any other symptoms, we will send them to Dhaka’s Infectious Diseases Hospital,” Kamrul added.

Sources at different land ports, including Benapole and Hili, have said the port authorities are vigilant about identifying any suspect or symptomatic patients though patients with monkeypox have yet to be found in any neighbouring country.  

“We are asking the passengers whether they have had a rash or have recently travelled to countries where monkeypox is prevalent,” said an official of the Benapole land port.  

At least 92 monkeypox virus cases have been reported in 12 countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the virus is likely to spread to more nations.

Earlier on Sunday, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) issued an alert to all air and land ports of the country to prevent the spread of monkeypox.