WHO Thinking To Change Name Of Monkeypox Virus After Concerns Raised By Scientists
Change Name Monkeypox Virus: Monkeypox virus, which spreads terror in...
Change Name Monkeypox Virus: Monkeypox virus, which spreads terror in about 30 countries of the world, will be renamed. This has been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) itself. WHO has taken the decision after knowing the opinion of scientists around the world. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that experts around the world are discussing to change the name of the monkeypox virus. This name has come after global outrage, calling it discriminatory and stigmatizing.
The Director General said on Tuesday that we are working with partners and experts around the world to change the name of the monkeypox virus, its group and the name of the disease it causes. Actually, WHO has taken this step after a letter received from 30 international scientists. He said that the WHO will announce the new names as soon as possible.
Monkeypox virus being linked to Africa
The letter emphasizes the need to change the name immediately. It has been written in the letter that after continuous dialogue and deliberation on the issue, it is definitely understood that we should name it non-discriminatory and non-stigmatized. The name of the virus is being repeatedly linked to Africa and it is absolutely wrong to name it on the lines of African background. It shows discrimination and stigmatizing someone.
Disease spread in dozens of countries around the world
The WHO is also working on renaming the disease, which was confined to West and Central Africa for a long time. In the past two months, more than 1,000 cases have been detected in dozens of countries around the world. Describing the outbreak as unusual and worrying, the WHO Director-General said that it is for this reason that we have decided to convene an emergency committee under the International Health Regulations next week. to assess whether the outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern.
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In the media also, African people are seen in most of the pictures related to the virus. Recently, the Foreign Press Association of Africa issued a statement urging the global media to stop using African people photos for the pandemic. Scientists believe that the disease should be named in such a way that it does not have a negative effect on any country.
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