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China Respiratory Illness: The Health Ministry of India reassures its readiness for potential emergencies stemming from the current health scenario, with a keen focus on clusters of respiratory diseases.
Following the aftermath of the Corona epidemic, global attention remains fixated on any emerging health concerns from China. Presently, a mysterious respiratory pneumonia disease affecting a significant number of children in China has raised alarms. The Indian government is actively monitoring this situation.
In a statement on Friday, the Union Health Ministry affirmed its close surveillance of reported cases of pneumonia in Chinese children and its preparedness to address any potential emergency. As per current assessments, the ministry deems the risk to India as low.
The Health Ministry’s statement reads, “India is prepared for any emergency arising out of the current situation.” Closely monitoring the H9N2 outbreak and clusters of respiratory illnesses among Chinese children, the ministry asserts that India faces a low risk from avian influenza cases and reported respiratory diseases in China.
According to insiders, a recent meeting, chaired by the Directorate General of Health Services, delved into preparedness measures against avian influenza cases in India. In October 2023, an H9N2 (avian influenza virus) case was reported in China and brought to the attention of the World Health Organization (WHO).
WHO’s official request to China for detailed information about the surge in respiratory diseases and pneumonia in children emphasizes the need for close monitoring. While acknowledging the increase in respiratory diseases in China, scientists caution against interpreting it as the onset of a new global outbreak, drawing parallels to the emergence of SARS and COVID-19 as unusual types of pneumonia.
China’s National Health Commission reported a rise in respiratory diseases on November 13, attributing it to the relaxation of Covid-19-related restrictions. Similar trends have been observed in other countries, such as increased cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), following the easing of pandemic restrictions.