No monkeypox in Ogun

Cheryl Sanders
October 10, 2017

But information minister Lai Mohammed said on Sunday the government had not conducted any free medical service or care in either Bayelsa or Rivers state, as alleged in the fake report being circulated, adding that it could not have been the cause of the outbreak of Monkey Pox in both states.

Although, the Federal Government in person of the Minister of Health, Mr. Issac Adewole has appealed to Nigerians to remain calm amidst reports of the suspected monkeypox outbreak in Bayelsa state.

These are some stringent important measures which are to be taken for the goal of avoiding the spread of the viral Monkey Pox disease.

Symptoms of the dreaded Monkey Pox virus has been noticed in Kaduna State.

"It is suspected that someone may have contracted it by eating monkey meat, thus triggering the current outbreak".

The Nation reports that the state government also urged all residents to continue to maintain a high standard of personal and environmental hygiene at all times as part of the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

"It is very surprising to me as the state Commissioner for Health and the Chief Epidemiologist of the state to see Ogun among the listed states".

The Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Prof. "NCDC has also collected appropriate clinical samples from the cases and these are being analysed through the National Reference Laboratory in Abuja", Ihekweazu explained.

Idris said the two suspected cases were recorded in a private hospital and that one of the suspected cases just came from Bayelsa State and ate bush meat.

Speaking in Uyo, the state capital weekend, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, said the affected person is presently being quarantined, adding that two other suspected cases were being monitored by medics.

He said that the ministry had also gone ahead to orientate its disease surveillance officers in all the local governments and border areas on the disease.

"New suspected cases are being reported everyday in the state".

"Currently, we are carrying out sensitisation and advocacy campaigns in communities through community leaders, town announcers and the media, " she said.

"Hence, they are required to always wash their hands, avoid monkeys, bushmeat and dead animals as well as be on the lookout for symptoms which often manifest as various stages of rash and an intense weakness of the body and severe pains, among other things", he said.

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