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BMC readies 28 beds amid monkeypox fears

Updated on: 24 May,2022 07:16 AM IST  |  Mumbai
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A separate ward has been reserved to handle suspected or confirmed cases of the virus; no cases in city, say officials

BMC readies 28 beds amid monkeypox fears

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As the threat of monkeypox looms large, the BMC has reserved 28 beds at Kasturba Hospital for suspected or confirmed cases.  The move followed an interim advisory by the state health department.

In a circular, the civic body said that airport authorities were screening passengers coming from “endemic and non-endemic” countries showing monkeypox outbreaks. For isolation of suspected cases, a separate ward at Kasturba—ward no. 30—is being prepared, and samples will be sent for testing to the National Institute of Virology in Pune. 

The BMC has also asked all health facilities in Mumbai to notify and refer any suspected case to Kasturba.  The corporation’s Executive Health Officer Dr Mangla Gomare said, “As of now, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of monkeypox reported in the city.”

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