With the looming threat of monkeypox, Health Minister, Keheliya Rambukwella noted that it was important to be prepared for it with reports of the pock virus being detected in neighbour India as well.
A senior Spokesman for the Health Ministry said the Minister Rambukwella had accepted a stock of test kits for monkeypox from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday (5).Quoting the Minister, he said that it was important to control epidemics at a time when the tourism in the country was showing a build up. “It is important to strengthen the preparedness of the health sector especially for such contagious diseases at a time when tourism is seeing an increase, ” he said.
WHO Resident Representative Dr. Alaka Singh, handed over the stock of test kits to the Minister Rambukwella, at the ministry. They comprised 125 test kits. The Ministry handed the stock over to the Medical Research Institute (MRI) subsequently.