US scientist urges WHO to declare Monkeypox a public health emergency

  • Cases of Monkeypox infections are rising at a peak, and it is estimated that by August, almost 100,000 patients will be recorded globally, warns top US epidemiologist and health economist Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding
  • WHO must declare it as a health emergency says the scientist

With the rising number of cases of Monkeypox being reported globally, Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist and health economist, has urged that it is time for WHO (World Health Organization) to declare it a public health emergency.

Sharing more details on the matter, Dr. Eric Feigl-Din mentioned in a Twitter post that the exponential surge to almost 13,000 cases of Monkeypox worldwide was recorded recently with no indications of slowing and being on track to touch 100,000 in August.

He further said that the world is not prepared for handling any future pandemic, cautioning that it is very much concerning.

Emphasizing that the world is not taking Monkeypox seriously, Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding tweeted that the response to Monkeypox in many countries, including the United States, has been immensely insufficient.

The testing has been slow, along with mitigations and vaccination rollout.

He also cautioned that the situation would only get worse as time passed; he tweeted there are some people who can see a disaster coming and some who can’t, and the world must not be the latter. This is why it is crucial to demand the WHO to declare public health emergency at minimum that Monkeypox possesses and announce it as a pandemic as soon as possible.

The next meeting of WHO to discuss making it a public health emergency declaration is scheduled to take place on July 21.

He further said that for a long time, he had been urging the leaders to focus on keeping a check on Monkeypox for months. But hardly any response has been provided.

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