Times of India | 1 week ago | 05-08-2022 | 11:19 am
AHMEDABAD: Though no confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in the state so far, the health department has geared up to tackle the viral infection if cases are reported . Dr Nilam Patel, additional director (public health), said the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital has readied an isolation ward for the suspected monkeypox cases. Similar wards would be set up in Surat and Rajkot while one has already been set up in Vadodara’s state-run SSG Hospital. “The infectious diseases staff across all the districts and doctors have been trained in identification and containment of the disease,” he said. The microbiology department at BJ Medical College has got the testing kits too. “It would reduce the testing time as we won’t have to send all the samples to NIV, Pune. We also appeal to the citizens to report any known cases as soon as possible to the medical set-up so that further spread can be arrested,” said an official.