A Senate inquiry focused on PH’s preparedness against monkeypox

Senators Bong Go and Robin Padilla are calling for an investigation into the nation’s preparedness to contain and prevent the spread of monkeypox in the Philippines.

The two administration lawmakers filed Senate Resolution 85 on Monday directing the Committee on Health and Demography to conduct the investigation in an effort to “prevent overstretching the health care system.”

Go is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Demographics.

“There is an urgent need to assess the preparedness of the government to effectively suppress the spread of monkeypox in the country, as the country is still trying to recover from the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the resolution reads. .

“It is the duty of Congress to formulate policies and institutional measures to deal with public health emergencies,” the senators added.

Last Friday, the Philippines reported the first confirmed case of monkeypox.

On July 23, the World Health Organization declared the monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency.

The Department of Health said monkeypox is a virus transmitted to humans through close contact with an infected person or animal, or contaminated materials.

A smallpox-like viral infection first detected in humans in 1970, monkeypox is less dangerous and contagious than smallpox, which was eradicated in 1980.

Early symptoms can include fever, headache, sharp muscle aches, fatigue, a rash, as well as swollen and painful lymph nodes, according to an explainer from Agence France-Presse.—LDF, GMA News

Norman D. Briggs