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Health commissioner denies influx of monkey pox in Rivers

Health commissioner denies influx of monkey pox in Rivers”

"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". Ignorance from ancient times has been dubbed the greatest disease and we have by the grace of God set the ball rolling in fighting ignorance about the monkey pox epidemic.

He specifically said no confirmation has been made of the two cases but both are now being investigated.

A lawmaker from Bayelsa State, Mr. Diri Douye, raised the issue under matters of urgent national importance, praying that the minister should be summoned.

Asibong said that the state had also taken proactive measures by dispatching its epidemiological team to strategic areas in the state.

"Yes, there was an overzealous officer of the ministry who saw somebody with skin lesion in state hospital, Ijebu-Ode, and unfortunately called the Federal Ministry of Health and reported it as a suspected case".

"The state government is very responsive to cases of disease outbreak and we pray that the recent outbreak of Monkey Pox will not get to Cross River'".

The State Commissioner for Health, Babatunde Ipaye, made the clarification on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the state capital where he cautioned residents against unnecessary apprehension as a result of the report. "We have activated our isolation centres and we have put all our Health centres on red alert. Our people should not exercise any form of unnecessary apprehension as there are no cases of monkeypox in the state". "The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH, Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital and all our Primary Health Centres have been reactivated".

He said, "Based on the mandate we have received from the state government, we now have an isolation centre put in to manage the suspected cases of monkey pox".

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer of NCDC, told newsmen on Saturday in Abuja that the centre was taking steps to manage the cases and prevent further spread of the disease.

The statement read in part; "He (Adewole) said the virus was mild and there was no known treatment and no preventive vaccines, hence the public should be at alert and avoid crowded places as much as possible". Rashes, ranging from a few to several thousands, begins on the face, then palms and feet soles. The era of avoiding excessive handshake, regular hand-washing, and abstinence from bushmeat is here again.



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