Monkey Pox: 3 Of 13 Cases Confirmed In Nigeria
It is now confirmed. There is Monkey Pox in Nigeria!
But if you live in Lagos and other Nigerian States, you may not need to panic over reports of suspected cases of the virus.
The Health Minister, Professor Isaac Adewole, gave an update of the situation at a press conference held on Monday in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja.
He told reporters that the confirmation is the final report on samples analysed at the WHO's laboratory in Dakar.
Professor Adewole also stated that 4 results from the 43 suspected cases reported from other states including Lagos, Akwa Ibom, and Ekiti states were negative.
This comes nearly a week after the Minister blamed state authorities for the slow response to suspected outbreak of the disease.
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, advised Nigerians to be calm.
“So far, there are no confirmed cases of the virus outside Bayelsa State,” he said.
The Nigerian government had in the past one week asked citizens to wait for the reports of analysed samples before they drawing conclusions about Monkey Pox.
Officials of the government have asked Nigerians to adhere to good hygiene and make sure they wash their hands regularly.