Health commissioner faults claim of monkeypox virus in Ogun

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Ogun State government said it is yet to record any suspected case of the monkeypox virus in any part of the state.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Monday listed Ogun, as one of the seven states including Bayelsa, Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Lagos, that the virus has spread to.

But Ogun State’s health commissioner, Doctor Babatunde Ipaye, addressing a news conference in Abeokuta, faulted the report of the Centre.

Ipaye said he had contacted the Centre for the Control of Disease in Abuja on the misinformation, while asking members of the public to maintain personal and environmental hygiene.

He stated that the State does not have a single case of monkeypox but due to the overzealousness of a health officer which contacted the NCDC in Abuja that one incident had been recorded in the state.

He said when the sample of the patient’s skin tissue was diagnosed, it resulted came out as just skin tissue/rashes against the widely spread of monkeypox being reported in the paper by the NCDC in Abuja.

The Commissioner noted that in the wake of this outbreak, the State government is reiterating the need for members of the public to observe and maintain a proper high standard of personal and environmental hygiene at all times as part of precautionary measures to prevent the disease.

“You see, people should cultivate the habit of eating bush meat and even minimise interaction with animals, we should maintain proper personal and environmental hygiene and more so to reduce handshake,” ‎Ipaye stated.

The commissioner askedhe public to call the state epidemiology response team on 0803-359-1033 or 0809-466-3429, to report any suspected case of the disease.


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