No Monkey Pox in Enugu - Health Commissioner

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.

WorldStage Newsonline- Ogun State Government has disclosed that there is no case of monkeypox in the state against the reports by the National Centre for Disease Control, Abuja, that the state was among those being affected by the disease.

The Federal Government has denied it was a free medical service it rendered in Bayelsa and Rivers states that led to the outbreak of Monkey Pox now ravaging some people in those states.

The health Commissioner urged residents of the state to report all suspected cases of the disease by using hotlines emergency no 08037934966 09023330092 and‎ 08037934966, to get rapid response team.‎.

Monkey pox is a rare viral disease transmitted to humans from animals and the first case was noticed in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970. "Ogun state doesn't have a single case", Mr. Ipaye said.

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

"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 EOC is now supporting state ministries of Health in their response to the outbreak through active case finding, epidemiological investigation and contact tracing. That is not a suspected case", he said. The center had last Thursday confirmed the outbreak of the disease in the oil-rich southern Bayelsa state where 12 cases were confirmed and dozens of people already quarantined.

Ekochin stated that the defence mechanism in the state is surveillance, which he said is continuous through disease notification officers at the local government areas.

Vanessa Coleman