Your Attitude Can Save You From Monkey Pox
Attitude is everything.
When the right attitude is maintained everything seems to fall in place and it comes handy when the fear of Monkey Pox, a disease with no known cure, is in the heart.
The disease is spreading and it has triggered scare in some states, with parents withdrawing their children from schools.
Rumours of military immunisation have also not helped matters.
But the Plateau State Director, National Orientation Agency, Mr Bulus Dabit, knows that a little change in attitude by Nigerians will go a long way in saving them from Monkey Pox that has over 70 suspected cases in the nation.
One thing to do, he says, is constant hand washing in homes and public places.
He wants Nigerians to embrace that attitude that promotes healthy living among the populace.
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Dabit told the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos on Friday that the call had become pertinent in view of the outbreak of monkey pox in Bayelsa and its spread to parts of Nigeria.
“We urge a change of attitude through a quick return to the habit of hand-washing for protection against infectious diseases that could undermine personal and public health.
“This is also necessary in view of the possible spread of the monkey pox viral disease and other diseases which can spread through infected hands.
“We implore all schools, homes and public places to resume this practice of using clean water to wash hands with soap; before and after eating and after using the toilet.
“We also advise children to wash hands after playing and when back from school,’’ he said.
In 2014, after the first case of Ebola was reported in Nigeria, hand sanitiser became everyone’s darling.
But all that has changed and Mr Dabit wonders why some Nigerians had relaxed the practice after the 2014 Ebola scourge.
Dabit insisted that hand washing, using sanitiser and washing and cooking food in good hygienic conditions have health, spiritual and social benefits.
Monkey pox is a rare viral disease that occurs primarily in remote areas of Central and West Africa near tropical rain forests transmitted to people by various wild animals.
The Federal Government had announced that there were 74 suspected cases across 11 states of the federation with only 3 confirmed cases in Bayelsa.