Monkeypox: “Algeria is prepared for it” according to Benbouzid

This Saturday, May 28, 2022, the Minister of Health, Abderrahmane Benbouzid, said that the World Health Organization had not spoken of the definitive end of the Corona epidemic. The Minister also indicated that there is not enough information on monkey pox (monkeypox), and industry readings on this are continuing.

The Minister of Health reiterated that there is no monkeypox infection; neither in Oran nor in any region of Algeria. Adding that the disease was dangerous in the past, but was completely eliminated in the 1980s, which necessitated the withdrawal of the monkeypox vaccine.

Benbouzid also reported that in France they administer the vaccine “against smallpox”. Adding that this drug is 82% successful.

On the other hand, the Minister of Health clarified that monkeypox has nothing to do with the Coronavirus epidemic. He pointed out that the virus is transmitted through the air, unlike smallpox, which is transmitted by prolonged contact.

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Finally, Benbouzid said that if he enters Algeria and spreads widely, vaccination will be used. He explained that there are no special procedures and medical personnel are ready and available to protect citizens.

Establishment of a commission to monitor monkeypox in Algeria

The National Health Security Agency, through its Scientific Council, has set up a special commission responsible for monitoring the evolution of the monkey pox epidemic. The latter is made up of 4 members, chaired by Professor Kamal Sanhadji, head of the National Health Security Agency. Who has also confirmed that it is transmitted to humans by animals such as rodents and monkeys.

The agency also clarified that it was “an infection present in an endemic situation in West and Central Africa with an increase in the number of cases”. What “has been reported in these areas since the year 2000”. Before indicating that it is “a disease with mild symptoms and less lethal than an epidemic”. Which is transmitted through bodily fluids (saliva, respiratory droplets, blood and secretions from skin ulcers).

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