Kwara Confirms First Case Of Monkeypox

This handout picture depicts the dorsal surfaces of a monkeypox case in a patient who was displaying the appearance of the characteristic rash during its recuperative stage. Photo: AFP


The Kwara State Government on Thursday confirmed its first case of monkeypox in the North-Central state.

Dr Raji Razaq, the Commissioner for Health, disclosed this in Ilorin via a statement, saying the recorded case followed rigorous efforts of the surveillance and response team that it activated since the index case was reported in the country in March 2022.

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“The first confirmed case in Kwara state involves a 29-year-old Nigerian driver who developed symptoms of fever, generalised rash, and weakness in the last two weeks and had been under our surveillance,” the statement partly read.

“There were contacts with the wife and four neighbours with similar symptoms where he lives at Gbugbu in Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State. All of which have been resolved by the health team.

“The patient has been on admission in the last one week because of suspicion of monkeypox. He has also been under strict monitoring by the surveillance and clinical team.”

“Currently, the patient is improving and stable in the ward.

“The government’s team has similarly begun health facility and community case search/contact tracing.

“The team will also intensify continuous public and community sensitization on the disease and its symptoms for public education and control.

“There is also ongoing training and retraining of health workers to strengthen our response to the development.

“The Ministry of Health is also notifying the appropriate agencies, especially the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, of the development.

“Members of the public are implored to step up efforts at personal and community hygiene as we work together to fight this disease.”

Six-Year-Old Girl Recovers From COVID-19 In Jigawa

FILE PHOTO: Two health workers collecting the samples of some of the Almajiris isolated at the NYSC camp in Kiyawa Local Government Area of Jigawa State.


A six-year-old girl and her father who was the index case of COVID-19 in Kazaure, Jigawa State have both recovered from COVID-19 in Jigawa State.

The girl was said to have contracted the virus after having contact with her father a businessman who returned from Enugu to Jigawa.

The State Commissioner of Health, Dr Abba Zakari confirmed this to Channels Television on Wednesday.

He added that five other patients have fully recovered in the state and are discharged from the isolation centre after treatment in Dutse, the state capital.

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Dr Zakari said further that 20 other patients have tested negative for the virus but they would only be sure of their recovery when they test negative for the second time.

When asked the treatment they administered to the COVID-19 patients in the state, the commissioner said hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin are used for the treatment and they have proven to be working as most of the patients are responding positively.

Jigawa has recorded 118 cases of COVID-19 with two fatalities. 63 of the cases are Almajirai that were repatriated from Kano State.