Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), made evaluations at the press conference held with the agenda of WHO’s global health problems.
Reminding that he declared “a public health emergency of international concern” due to the monkeypox virus spreading rapidly around the world in July 2022, Ghebreyesus said, “87 thousand cases and 140 deaths from 111 countries were reported to WHO due to the monkeypox virus.” said.
Ghebreyesus noted that there were 90 percent fewer cases of monkeypox virus in the last three months compared to the previous three months.
Reminding that the WHO Emergency Committee met yesterday with the monkeypox virus agenda, Ghebreyesus said, “The committee advised me that the monkeypox virus, which has been seen in more than one country, no longer represents a public health emergency of international importance. I accepted this recommendation and said that the monkeypox virus “I am pleased to announce that it is no longer a global health emergency. However, as with the COVID-19 pandemic, this does not mean the disease is over.” said.
Ghebreyesus also said that the monkeypox virus continues to pose important health problems that require a proactive and sustainable response, and it continues to affect all regions, including Africa.
Reminding that the clashes between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (HDK) in Sudan have continued since April 15, Ghebreyesus stated that the clashes took hundreds of lives and damaged the country economically and socially.
Ghebreyesus, “70 percent of the health centers affected by the conflict in Sudan are unable to provide services. WHO has confirmed 30 attacks on health centers in Sudan.” said.
Monkey pox, known as one of the rare diseases caused by an endemic virus, is divided into 2 types: Congo and West Africa.
The virus, which is usually transmitted from animal to human and rarely from person to person, can cause high fever and itchy blisters on the body.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 86,000 cases of the disease have been reported worldwide since January 2022, with 119 deaths in the same time period.
The World Health Organization changed the name of the disease to “mpox” last year on the grounds that it was “racist and humiliating”.
While the term “monkey flower” was phased out, it was stated that both names would be used simultaneously for a year.
Clashes between army and HDK in Sudan
Armed clashes broke out between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (HDK) on the morning of April 15 in the capital of Sudan, Khartoum and other cities.
The disagreement between the army and the HDK regarding the military security reform, which envisages “the full participation of the HDK in the army,” had turned into a hot conflict in the last few months.
The World Health Organization announced that the number of people who lost their lives in the clashes between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (HDK) in Sudan, which has been going on since April 15, has increased to 604 and the number of injured to 5,127.