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Slow Response to Monkeypox Exposes ‘tired, Overworked’ US Health Agencies

More than a thousand instances of Monkeypox have been reported in New York City alone as a result of a “slow and bureaucratic” response, according to campaigners. This shows how severely beaten local health services have been since the Covid outbreak. Monkeypox, formerly an uncommon virus found only in Africa, has spread throughout the patchwork of local, regional, state, and federal organisations that make up the US public health system.

In the LGBT community and among other males who have sex with men, Monkeypox has unfortunately expanded due to inaction, according to David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors. “In America, this pandemic has turned into a public health emergency. At the municipal and state level, the situation is still quite chaotic despite an organised response. Many commentators cite how Covid changed the environment for public health professionals as an explanation for the instability.

Slow Response to Monkeypox Exposes ‘tired, Overworked’ US Health AgenciesFollowing controversial mask and vaccine programmes, many health workers who were once regarded as impartial arbiters of information came under political attack. Officials in charge of public health were harassed, threatened, sacked, or simply gave up because they were exhausted.  Resources that had previously been used to detect infectious diseases like TB or operate regular immunisation clinics were abruptly redirected to Covid-19, which did not assist the issue.

Since testing and staff resources were diverted to Covid-19, sexual health clinics have also struggled, harming institutions that had already endured years of underfunding. Poorer health outcomes have been the result for many basic public health services: the number of children receiving routine vaccinations has decreased; the number of overdose deaths has increased; and the US has reported a record-high rate of sexually transmitted infections for the sixth consecutive year.

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