Monkeypox Reveals Medical and Societal Bias and Challenges
By Hezi Aris

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Yonkers Tribune Publisher/Editor Hezi Aris

The Monkeypox Hezitorial Reality

Finger-pointing Bigotry Can and Must Be Eclipsed and Tempered by Honest Political and Ethical Integrity, Resolution of Purpose and Intent, Devoid of Meaningless, Faux, Feigned and Deflective Concerns

YONKERS, WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — JULY 31, 2022 — Monkeypox is a contagious disease that was first recognized to have first been harbored by African monkeys. In time, it jumped from infecting primates to humans. While most cases today can be traced to sexual conduct, Monkeypox can and is spread by mosquitos, touching surfaces that have been touched by those infected on hard and soft surfaces and clothing. Monkeypox has infected children who are not sexually active and/or mature. Even though Monkeypox has long been known to be contagious, it had been sequestered in African forests and in nearby villages and town and cities. The world did not and has not focused its attention on Monkeypox. Anti-black bias has hindered an international effort to suppress and diminish the number of infected people throughout the world. It is only in the past weeks or so that there is concerted interest to quell the worldwide outbreak by investing in the known and seemingly efficacious vaccines. It must be noted however that the vaccine used was primarily designed to treat Smallpox and more is needed to determine the efficacy of the Smallpox vaccine against Monkeypox

Yet the backdrop of demeaning, derogatory, and accusatory fingerpointing has only exacerbated anti gay sentiment that seems to satisfy the bigotry of gay and bi-sexual hatred and yet does not detract or diminish those who will succumb to the ravages of Monkeypox, whether gay, straight, sexually active or not. Even so, the bigots among us gloat with glee the pox of travail that has befallen others. 

The City of Yonkers, particularly New York State Assemblyman Nader Sayegh, Esq. who represents Assembly District 90, comprising about 85% of the third largest city in New York State has forged a dual political/ethical demeanor, an attribute that escapes so many other  elected officials who prefer to espouse concern by offering vacuous words that say nothing and do nothing, other than to feign engagement that many people infer will bring about resolution, which unfortunately, it rarely does. 

NYS Assemblyman Nader Sayegh, Esq. (AD-90-Yonkers) Calls on New York State Department of Health to Expand Monkeypox Vaccine Eligibility

The reality is quite the contrary. Many politicians engage in buying verbal favor by tangentially aligning themselves with the gay community, extolling themselves as champions of gay rights, interests, and concerns yet who have not publicly espoused the need of gays and the greater society that has also succumbed to Monkeypox. The reality is that those who could themselves have been part of this political effort in New York State have been silent. Shame on them and shame on those who bought into being used by those politicians to the detriment of the very community of gays who cling to their innocuous “bullshit”, because that is all it ever was and still remains. This medical and political calamity may be a wake up call for the naive who cling to hopes that have not yet come about and there is no present glimmer of hope in the political horizon. 

Can you imagine that in the City of Yonkers, with a 2020 population of 214,687, currently growing at a rate of 0.73% annually made available only 25 vaccinations to those made privy to the availability last week. Within minutes the number of vaccinations made available were exhausted. There was no press release or advisement afforded anyone – WORD OF MOUTH BY THE PRIVY IN THE KNOW!

Yet taking the lead was none other than Assemblyman Nader Sayegh, Esq. He did not equivocate; he did not delay. He was resolute and began the process that only the commitment of concern can engender despite the backdrop of a nation predominately immersed in silence. This despite the alarm bells that have been sounded for weeks.  Sayegh’s leadership initiated an ever growing cadre of politicians who are now doing their part. The time to await others to take the lead of the pecking order in place is over. Yonkers, New York State, and America will, when the personal moment of reflection arrives, understand that followers are nothing but talking heads, while the likes of Sayegh are indeed servants of the public interest in talk and deed.

I am proud to note that New York State Governor Kathy Hochul declared a State of Emergency which would lead to quicker response time and better vaccination distribution.

“I am declaring a State of Disaster Emergency to strengthen our ongoing efforts to confront the Monkeypox outbreak” Gov. Hochul tweeted on Friday. The Center for Disease Control advised on Friday that New York State has recorded the most number of cases of the virus in the nation with 1,345 cases; California with 799. The U.S. has recorded 5,189 cases, while 71 countries where Monkeypox had not previously been known or unreported have defined over 16,000 cases.


The Daily News report that “Brazil on Friday reported the first known monkeypox-related death outside Africa in the latest outbreak of the disease. Two other fatalities have since been reported in Spain.

“The Brazilian victim was a 41-year-old man from Uberlândia, about 330 miles north of São Paulo.

“According to the country’s health ministry, he had a “weakened immune system and comorbidities, including lymphoma, which aggravated his condition” … “The cause of death was septic shock aggravated by monkeypox,” the ministry said, according to the Brazilian news portal G1.

Reuters reported “Later on Friday, Spain reported its first fatal monkeypox case. … “He died of encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain associated with the infection.”

“On Saturday Spain’s health authorities reported the country’s second monkeypox-related death. The victim is described as a young man.”

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