Infected as Monkey pox Spreads to Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti

Monkey pox virus

"In case of any suspected case of Monkey Pox, the Lagos State Ministry of Health should be notified through the following mobile lines: 08037170614, 09087106072", the commissioner said.

Iworiso- Markson, speaking shortly after a short handover ceremony at his office, expressed satisfaction with the awareness programme launched by the state government in local languages on the monkey pox epidemic.

Ogun State government has debunked the report credited to Nigeria Center for Disease Control listing the state as one of the states affected by Monkey Pox.

According to him, the Bayelsa State Government had been proactive on the steps taken especially with the isolation centre opened at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital [NDUTH] to offer free medical care of the infected persons.

Flanked by the state Commissioner for information and strategy Mr. Charles Udo Dr. Ukpong said that for now, only one case of Monkey pox has so far been reported in the state.

The commissioner explained that the case did not qualify as a suspected case in the first instance.

He urged members of the public to be Vigilante and report any suspected case of the disease to the nearest public health facility or they should call the numbers 08033591033 and 08094663429 for any emergency.

He said a visit to the patient at Ijebu-Ode General Hospital to confirm the incident while the sample of his skin tissue was diagnosed, it was resulted as skin tissue/rashes against the widely spread of monkeypox being reported by the NCDC in Abuja.

"Any patient in the category of that patient that was incidented cannot be considered as a suspected case because the patient has another primary problem that can give rise to a skin lesion".

The government also said doctors and other health workers in the state would be trained and sensitized on how to prevent and handle viral monkey pox disease in the state. "That is not a suspected case", he said. "We are not willing to cover up a case but we must also not sent people panicking for things that we do not have".

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