Monkeypox Declared Global Health Emergency by WHO

The latest decision followed a seven-hour meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee to discuss the monkeypox outbreak in several countries.
Monkeypox
Monkeypox

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the rapidly spreading monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency, terming it a 'public health emergency of international concern' (PHEIC), one step below that of a 'pandemic.'

A PHEIC, according to the WHO, constitutes "an extraordinary event, which constitutes a public health risk to other States through the international spread, and which potentially requires a coordinated international response."

The latest decision followed a seven-hour meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee to discuss the monkeypox outbreak in several countries.

Announcing his decision to declare the health emergency during a media briefing, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confirmed that the committee had failed to reach a consensus, with nine members against and six in favour of the declaration.

On January 30, 2020, the organisation had categorised Covid-19 as a PHEIC, when about 7,500 cases of novel coronavirus were reported. On March 11 that year, the agency elevated it to 'pandemic.'

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