Lagos Confirms Three Cases Of Monkeypox In One Month

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Three suspected cases of monkeypox disease have been reported and confirmed in Lagos State in the last one month.

Commissioner for Health in the state, Professor Akin Abayomi, revealed this at the biosecurity update meeting on the situation report of the disease held recently.

According to a statement posted on the government’s Facebook on Saturday, the commissioner explained that the cases reported by health facilities were positive for monkeypox as revealed by reports of laboratory investigation.

He, however, said, “The patients who were treated at the specialised infectious disease isolation centre of Mainland Hospital, Yaba have since recovered and have been discharged.

“The close contacts and family members of these cases were actively monitored for 21 days for any development of signs and symptoms of monkeypox and none of these contacts develop any symptoms.”

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Professor Abayomi stressed the need for residents to ensure and maintain adequate personal and environmental hygiene at all times, as part of precautionary measures to prevent the outbreak of infectious diseases.

He urged residents to observe the highest possible standards of personal and environmental hygiene, especially through regular washing of hands with soap and running water.

The Commissioner gave assurance that there was no cause to panic, adding that the state government in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health through the Centre for Disease Control was maintaining relevant surveillance activities in all local government areas to prevent an outbreak of the disease.

He explained that the State Epidemiology and the monkeypox focal persons from Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had earlier carried out sensitisation for clinicians and community members in some local government areas of the state three months ago to increase awareness and reporting of any suspected case.

Professor Abayomi advised health workers to ensure that they take precautions when dealing with patients in line with the best standard of practice.

He said, “Health workers are advised to observe universal safety precautions when dealing with patients and report any suspected case of monkeypox to the Medical Officer of Health in their local government or the Directorate of Disease Control through these lines: 08023169485 and 08023377487”.

Monkeypox: Nigeria Records One Death, Confirms 61 Cases

Benue State Government on Wednesday deployed medical personnel to carry out necessary investigation on the suspected cases of monkeypox reported in Gboko and Vandeikya.
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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has announced 61 confirmed cases of monkeypox and reported the first death from the disease.

A situation report for monkeypox outbreak released by the agency for the epidemiological week 49, on Wednesday, said the dead patient was a confirmed case with background immune-compromised condition.

It, however, added that there has been a decline in the number of new suspected cases reported over the last five weeks.

In the report, the agency also stated that it has deactivated the monkeypox Emergency Operations Centre, EOC, this week.

It said response to the disease will henceforth be coordinated by ”a technical working group” comprising of all existing response partners.

Benue Deploys Health Workers To Investigate Suspected Monkeypox Cases

Benue Deploys Health Workers To Investigate Suspected Monkeypox Cases
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Benue State Government on Wednesday deployed medical personnel to carry out necessary investigation on the suspected cases of monkeypox reported in Gboko and Vandeikya.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Dr Cecelia Ojabo, said the medical officers were immediately dispatched to the areas after the government received the reports.

Dr Ojabo said the blood sample of the suspected victims would be taken for necessary laboratory analysis to confirm whether or not they were indeed cases of monkeypox.

She, however, called on people of the state not to panic but remain calm as necessary measures were in place to protect them from the disease.

The commissioner informed that the state government had since shown serious concern over the outbreak of monkeypox in other parts of the country, saying that was why it had mounted serious sensitisation campaigns on how to prevent the disease.

She appealed to anyone who notices and suspects case(s) monkeypox in their environment to immediately report to the nearest medical facility for prompt action.

Ojabo also advised them to abstain from consumption of any form of bush meat, particularly monkey, rat, and squirrel, as well as reduce handshakes as parts of measures to prevent the disease.

She asked the dispatched medical personnel to have a high index of suspicion of all fever of unknown origin and make necessary referral to the Infectious Unit of the Benue State Teaching Hospital.

Six More Cases Of Monkeypox Confirmed

The Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire has announced laboratory confirmation of six additional cases among the suspected cases of Monkeypox.

These include two cases each in Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom States, one in Enugu State and one in the Federal Capital Territory, making it a total of nine confirmed cases of Monkeypox in Nigeria.

Dr Ehanire who announced this today in his office said investigations are ongoing to see if any of the new cases have a link with the Bayelsa cluster, where the outbreak started.

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He called for calm among members of the public, as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is working with all affected States to ensure case finding and adequate management.

He added that as frightening as the manifestation of the ailment may seem, no fatality has been recorded to date.

As at October 25, 2017, a total of 94 suspected cases have been reported from 11 States (Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Rivers) and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He noted that the newly confirmed cases are patients already being managed by public health authorities and have been receiving appropriate clinical care since the onset of the illness.

The Federal Ministry of Health, through the NCDC, is in close contact with all State Epidemiology Teams, as well as the health facilities providing clinical care to both suspected and confirmed cases.

State Commissioners of Health have been advised to place all health care facilities and disease surveillance and notification officers on alert, to ensure early case detection, reporting and effective treatment.

Ehanire said, “A National-level Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) led by the NCDC with support from our development partners, is coordinating outbreak investigation and response across affected States.

“The EOC includes the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, as well as experts from partner agencies.

“The NCDC has also deployed Rapid Response Teams to the four States with confirmed cases. Measures have been put in place to ensure proper investigation of all reported cases, effective sample collection and testing, as well as case management of all suspected and confirmed cases. Risk communication activities have been heightened to advise the public as well as healthcare workers on preventive measures. A nationwide communications campaign has begun, to inform Nigerians of key preventive measures to take to curtail the further spread of monkeypox.”

Nigerians are advised to always wash hands with soap and water after contact with animals or, when caring for sick relatives, or managing soiled beddings.

Three Suspected Cases Of Monkeypox Confirmed In Delta

Three suspected cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in Delta State.

The State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, said the suspected cases have been isolated and are currently under medical care at an undisclosed location in the state.

But he is insisted that they will await the result of a laboratory test to confirm if indeed the patients infected with the monkeypox virus.

Health officers in 25 Local Government Areas of the state have also been put on the red alert.

Monkeypox was first diagnosed in 1958 in Copenhagen and it can be transmitted by contact with an infected animal or human being.

Deltans have been advised not to panic but to strictly adhere to instructions that would contain the dreaded disease by ensuring all meats of animals are properly cooked, people must endeavor to wash their hands and avoid contact with infected animals or persons.

Immunisation: NMA Warns Against Politicisation Of Health Issues


Medical Practitioners in Edo State have appealed to Nigerians not to politicise health issues in view of its attendant effect on the populace.

The Chairman of Nigerian Medical Association, Edo Chapter, Emmanuel Osaigbovo, made the appeal on Tuesday while speaking at the 2017 Physicians’ Week in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

Osaigbovo decried the effect of the rumours making the rounds on the social media that the military are allegedly infecting people with diseases in the guise of immunisation.

“Immunisation is not something bad, it’s actually good. Please, we should not politicise immunisation, because immunisation helps us to prevent childhood illnesses, for instance like polio, diphtheria, measles,” he said.

“So, if they now bring politics into it, it’s going to affect our health indices. Our childhood mortality rate is very high, Nigeria is one of the worst in the world.”

The rumour mills especially the social media platforms have been awash with stories of some sinister plans allegedly by the military to infect children with diseases through immunisation.

Although the claims have been refuted by the Federal government and military authorities, they created fear, leading some parents to reject vaccination while some others had pulled their kids out of schools in Ondo and Rivers last week as a result.

“The way I heard the rumours the other day, it’s very unfair. They said twenty-something children died the other day because of immunisation. So, me, I’m afraid,” a woman said.

“For now, I’m not sure I will immunise my baby, after all, I can do it maybe by next year not this year, I can’t try it.”

Doctors are not pleased with the development and as they celebrate the physicians’ week they called on parents to do the right thing for their children by ensuring they are immunised.

“The women refused for them for them to examine the children or do anything with the children. They refused, they said they don’t trust anybody,” Professor Vivian Omuemu said during her lecture on declining immunisation coverage.

“So, it’s going to be a problem. We need to do some targeted social mobilisation to educate people and dispel this rumours.”

The Edo State Commissioner for Health, Dr David Osifo, hopes the rumours will not lead to a rise in preventable diseases.

He said, “We have not been able to confirm any of these rumours. They are just rumours and we have been trying our best to convince our people that this is not true.

“Like you heard in this delivery just now, with this kind of rumours going round the rate immunisation is going to drop. And we are just praying that our children will not be coming down with immunisation preventable diseases because this rumour is doing a lot of damage.”

Dr Osifo urged the people to ignore the rumours and take advantage of the health programmes of the government to keep their children free of preventable diseases.

Delta State Records Six Suspected Cases Of Monkeypox

Six suspected cases of Mokeypox have been recorded in Agbor, Delta State.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge confirmed the development to Channels Television.

Three of the suspected cases have been treated and discharged.

Two of the cases are still being treated at the Federal Medical Centre in Asaba, the state capital.

Dr. Azinge says samples of the patients have been sent to the World Health Organisation for confirmation.

The Federal Government had earlier announced 74 suspected cases of monkeypox virus in 11 states in the country.

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Wednesday at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.


FG Announces 74 Suspected Monkeypox Cases In 11 States

FG Announces 74 Suspected Monkeypox Cases In 11 States
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The Federal Government has announced that there are 74 suspected cases of monkeypox virus in 11 states in the country.

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Wednesday at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.

He also faulted the rumour of military’s involvement in any vaccination exercise and regretted the growing panic which forced parents to withdraw their children from schools following the reported monkeypox vaccination.

The minister, however, said the Federal Government was making efforts to quell the frenzy created by the ongoing special military exercise in the South-south and South-east regions of the country.

According to him, the government is particularly worried about the reports, insisting that government will not conduct such campaigns without involving state governments.

Professor Adewole said vaccination campaigns were being conducted only in Kwara and Kogi states where there is an ongoing yellow fever vaccination campaign, and in Borno State where an outbreak of cholera was reported.

Monkeypox Patient Commits Suicide

One of the patients receiving medical care for Monkeypox at the quarantine centre in Bayelsa State has committed suicide.

The State Commissioner for Health, Professor Ebitimitula Etebu, told journalists in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital on Monday that the patient was among 21 persons suspected to have been infected with the viral disease.

They were being managed at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital.

Professor Etebu said it was unfortunate that the patient took his own life despite speedily recovering from the disease.

He, however, declined to provide details of how the patient committed suicide.

The health commissioner, who explained that the patient’s medical history did not suggest any mental illness or features of depression which could have explained why he committed suicide, stressed that the patient did not die from the disease.

To identify what led the patient to take his life, the commissioner said a committee had been put in place to evaluate his past and recent clinical and social history to determine “if there were undisclosed mental illness or personal family problem that could have justified the suicide”.

He added that the police and his family have been duly informed and all due diligence is being followed for the safe burial and sympathized with the family over their loss.

The commissioner confirmed the outbreak of Monkeypox in the state, saying laboratory evidence had confirmed the earlier suspicion of the disease.

He, however, assured the general public again that the government is doing everything to contain the outbreak and ensure all patients receive appropriate care and treatment.

The Commissioner for Information, Daniel Iworiso-Markson on his part urged residents to continue to use preventive measures and ensure they avoid bushmeat and other causes of the disease.

FG Confirms Three Cases Of Monkeypox Virus

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The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has confirmed three cases of monkeypox virus from the 13 suspected cases reported from Bayelsa State in September.

Professor Adewole who announced this on Monday at a press conference in Abuja said the confirmation was the final report from the analysis of the samples which were taken to the World Health Organisation laboratory in Dakar, Senegal.

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He also confirmed that four results from the 43 suspected cases reported from other states including Lagos, Akwa Ibom, and Ekiti states were negative.

Similarly, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, called for calm among citizens.

Ihekweazu noted that so far, there are no confirmed cases of the virus outside Bayelsa State.

This comes less than one week after the Federal Government said the reported cases of the disease in some parts of the country were suspicion unless confirmed after laboratory tests.

The Minister had on Wednesday last week, after the Federal Executive Council, blamed state governments for the slow response to outbreaks of diseases.

NCDC Distances Self From MonkeyPox Vaccination In South East

The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, says there is no ongoing vaccination against monkeypox in the south-east or any other part of the country.

Dr. Ihekweazu said this on Thursday in Abuja at the Senate committee hearing on the reported monkeypox outbreak in parts of the country.

The NCDC boss explained that there is no relationship between his organisation and what is going on in the south-east.

He, therefore, cautioned Nigerians against participating in any immunization against the disease.

Earlier in the week, some parents in Delta and Anambra states reportedly began to withdraw their children from schools, following reports that the army was administering immunization drugs suspected to be harmful.

The army has since denied the claims saying the medical outreach is a social responsibility programme fashioned into the operation Python Dance in the south east.

Edo Govt. Sets Up Situation Room To Curb Spread Of MonkeyPox

The Edo State Government has released emergency hotlines to the public and established a fully-equipped situation room to curb the spread of Monkeypox in the state.

The Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Paul Ohonbamu, disclosed this to journalists while briefing them on the outcome of the weekly Executive Council meeting held at the government house in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

While assuring residents of the proactive plans of the government to guard against further spread of the disease, he advised that anyone who observes any symptoms of the disease should call the emergency lines.

He also stated that a massive public enlightenment campaign on preventive measures against the disease would be embarked upon across the 18 local government areas of the state.

“The state Ministry of Health has been asked to reactivate an old centre located at Ikpoba slope area of the state, to serve as a dedicated situation room. This is so that the outbreak can be monitored.

“We are calling on citizens to be circumspect but calm and adhere to good health practices that will prevent contracting and spreading the disease.”

Furthermore, the commissioner noted that the EXCO received the design and approved the siting of 20 mini-stadia across the 18 local government areas of the state to serve as training grounds for the sports talented youths.