World Health Organization (WHO) declares monkeypox to be a public health emergency of international concern
Refusing to be caught flat-footed, the Department of Health (DOH) and its partners have been preparing for the monkeypox virus ever since an uptick in cases was reported in other countries in May 2022.
Following the declaration, WHO also issued temporary recommendations (TRs) to guide the response of countries around the world that might be affected by the virus.
For countries like the Philippines with no history of monkeypox in humans, some of the guidelines include the following: activate multi-sectoral coordination mechanisms for readiness and response, to stop human to human transmission; avoid stigmatization and discrimination against any individual or population group that may be affected, to help prevent further undetected transmission. READ MORE