Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Monkey Pox: Seadogs launch awareness campaign in Bayelsa

Monkey Pox: Seadogs launch awareness campaign in Bayelsa

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that on September 22, there was a notification on suspected monkey pox outbreak in Bayelsa.

Three other suspected cases were recorded in Rivers State and one other confirmed case in Akwa Ibom.

ENUGU-Enugu State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Fintan Ekochin, has dismissed rumour making the rounds that there was a reported case of monkey pox in the state.

The Ogun State Commissioner of Health, Babatunde Ipaye, while addressing a press conference, said no incident of monkeypox has been recorded in the state.

He said similarly, human infections had also been documented through the handling of infected monkeys, rats and squirrels with rodents being the major reservoir of the virus.

He said the government had commenced sensitisation campaign and advocacy visits to communities in the state on the need to reassure the indigenes of government's intervention and activities in curbing further spread of the disease.

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Osifo said that a committee had been constituted to revamp the state's primary health care system, to ensure presence of health personnel in health centers in the rural areas.

Meanwhile, there are suggestions that severe flooding induced by the heavy rains this year may have triggered the current outbreak of the Monkey Pox viral disease in parts of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has launched an enlightenment campaign to stop the spread of the Monkey Pox virus in Bayelsa State.

He expressed shock at the admission of the Minister of Health that "monkey pox could not be confirmed in Nigeria until laboratory investigations by World Health Organisation (WHO) referral laboratory in Dakar, Senegal". Commissioner for Health Dr. Dominic Ukong, who announced the outbreak in Uyo, said the victim had been isolated.

Commissioner for Information and Orientation Daniel Iworiso-Markson said numerous victims quarantined at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Okolobiri, were already showing signs of recovery.

He said monkey-pox could be contacted through touching the body or body fluid of wild animals, adding that apart from monkeys, antelopes and wild rats could also harbour the virus.

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