Cyprus’ Health Minister discusses monkeypox, Covid pandemic with WHO Director-General

Cyprus’ Health Minister, Michalis Hadjipantela, discussed on Friday in a telephone communication, with the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and the WHO advisor for Infectious Diseases, the data recorded so far, regarding monkeypox, as well the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, the Ministry of Health said that, the data recorded so far regarding monkeypox were evaluated, while Hadjipantela briefed the WHO Director-General, about the protocols prepared by the Ministry of Health, as well as for the state of readiness of the competent services to deal with and manage suspected or confirmed monkeypox cases.

“There was also an update from the World Health Organization on the data recorded in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and how to manage a new wave ahead of the coming winter,” the statement said.

It was mentioned, it adds, that countries “should promote the vaccination, especially of people in vulnerable groups of the population, but also the promotion of personal protection measures, such as masks, social distancing, hand hygiene.”

In addition, the two officials discussed the actions underway for the operation of a WHO office in Cyprus, with the aim of upgrading preparedness to deal with emerging and epidemic-prone Communicable Diseases and Zoonoses, the statement concludes.

Source: Cyprus News Agency