The recent outbreak of Monkey Pox virus in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria been a serious concern for the Federal Ministry of health. We don't have any case of monkey pox.
According to him, the virus enters the body through broken skin that is usually not visible. "We have been educating the public on what is going on", he explained.
Iworiso-Markson urged the citizenry to call two dedicated lines, 08066987752, 08035474676, to report cases of the suspected virus, saying that his ministry would produce jingles in local dialect and English to sensitise the people to the scourge.
"The distribution of the rashes on the patient's skin is never suggestive of a monkey pox and no due process was completed before the case was reported".
Efforts are being made to reduce the spread of the disease to the barest minimum as all suspected victims have been placed in a quarantined area.Nigerians have been advised to always wash their hands, avoid monkeys, bush meats, and dead animals as well as be on the lookout for symptoms which often manifests as various stages of rash and an intense weakness of the body, severe pains, among other things.
"All the cases are now receiving appropriate medical care". "The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH, Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital and all our Primary Health Centres have been reactivated". Dimie Ogoina, said that a doctor who was infected and an 11-year-old were treated and discharged.
The CMD, who said others were responding to treatment, emphasised the need for awareness creation in the bid to effectively arrest the disease and appealed to the media for cooperation.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had on Monday declared that 31 suspected cases of monkey pox had so far been reported in seven states, including Ogun. Then you should care about monkey pox.
"We are fully mobilised and we have provided sufficient awareness among the staff of the hospital".
"The two cases we had have been ruled out".
Prof. Adewole said although Monkey pox could not be confirmed until laboratory investigations by World Health Organization referral laboratory in Dakar, Senegal says so, he assured that, Monkey Pox was milder and had no record of mortality.
The Ogun State Commissioner of Health, Babatunde Ipaye, while addressing a press conference, said no incident of monkeypox has been recorded in the state.
This post was syndicated from Vanguard News.
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