Officials clarified there is no reason to panic as no monkeypox patients have been reported in the country yet, and that the facility has been set up to tackle only if there is any sudden reporting of cases in the future.
Adequate volume of staff and the treatment protocol based on the advisory by the government is also being set up, the officials said.
While the isolation centre would be operative, the centralised testing and pathology laboratory at the post Covid centre in Majiwada will be upgraded to report and send samples to the National Institute of Virology in Pune. In addition, private hospitals and clinics including physicians will also be updated and an advisory will be circulated about reporting and identifying the disease, and its symptoms.
“There are no cases in India but the same have been reported in many other countries. We are simply keeping our infrastructure ready to handle any emergency in the future. As a precautionary measure, we are appealing residents and also issuing safety advisory to keep this infection at bay,” said a senior official from the corporation.