International travelers arriving in Delhi with MonkeyPox symptoms including high fever, back pain etc, will be sent to LNJP Hospital directly from the airport, sources reveal. Sources also said that the decision was undertaken in a meeting on Monday which was lead by Delhi Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena.
It was the Delhi government’s decision and order that district authorities and officials concerned obey the Centre’s guidelines on management of the infection. The order included that referral arrangements from the port to the given hospital be established or consolidated.
The sources also said that travellers having symptoms like high fever, back pain and joint pain discovered at the IGI airport will be sent off to an isolation ward at LNJP Hospital. The hospital has specially appointed a 20- member team to deal with such patients.
It is decided for now that the samples of suspected patients will be sent to the National Institute of Virology, while quarantine of the family members will be carried out by the district administration. Delhi LG V K Saxena also requested the public to not panic and instead, follow all prescribed caution and treatment protocols.
Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal had requested people of Delhi to not fret.
The first case reported of monkeypox in Delhi was by a 34-year-old person, who is currently in LNJP Hospital. He has skin lesions which will take at least a week to recover completely. Hospital officials have said that the man is to be kept in isolation till he recovers completely.
The first ever case of monkeypox was recorded in the Kollam district of South Kerala on July 14. The next two cases were also from the same state. The second case was reported last week from Kerala’s Kannur district. The patient was a native of Kannur and had reached the state after travelling on July 13. The third case, was of a 35-year-old man who was travelling from the UAE earlier this month, and was tested positive for monkeypox.
The fourth case is from Delhi of a 34-year-old man who has no history of feoreign travel yet was tested positive for monkeypox, making the city’s tally of cases to four on Sunday.