BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO
The Health ministry (MHMS) says the country is still free of Monkey pox, adding that the risk is low.
MHMS announced this in its media update yesterday on the ministry’s efforts to prepare for this disease.
“No cases of monkeypox have been found in Solomon Islands, so the risk catching it is low. However, persons travelling from areas in countries where monkeypox outbreaks are occurring should monitor themselves for symptoms.
“If you have been to an area where cases have been reported and develop any of the symptoms of monkeypox, immediately isolate yourself, follow the prevention measures and inform the surveillance unit at the Ministry of Health by calling 23650,” Ministry of health statement said.
The statement stressed that symptoms of Monkeypox include fever, headache, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion, skin rash and blisters on the body usually with one to three days of developing fever.
How to prevent it (monkeypox) are avoid contact with infected animals, humans or materials, practice good hygiene (handwashing), wear a mask, cover your cough and people with symptoms should isolate until they have recovered the health statement said.