- Seven monkeypox patients in Bayelsa state have fully recovered
- Six other patients under medical surveillance are responding positively to treatment
- This was confirmed by Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Bayelsa state commissioner for information
Seven out of the 13 monkeypox patients on admission at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri in Bayelsa have fully recovered, the state commissioner for information, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, has said.
The commissioner said in a statement on Wednesday in Yenagoa, that the seven patients had been discharged from the hospital.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the contagious disease broke out three weeks ago in Agbura area of Yenagoa following reports that a family manifested symptoms of monkey pox after eating monkey meat.
He said the six other patients under medical surveillance at the teaching hospital were responding positively to treatment.
“The government has been able to successfully contain the spread of the disease as no new case has been reported in the last few days.
“With the way and manner government deployed its machinery and with the team of dedicated health and medical personnel, monkey pox will soon be fully kicked out of Bayelsa state,” he added.
Iworiso-Markson commended the state Ministry of Health and National Centre for Disease Control for their efforts in containing the disease.
The commissioner also appreciated people in the state for taking preventive measures against further spread of the disease and urged them to maintain healthy lifestyle, environmental and personal hygiene.
According to him, feedback received from various channels in the state indicates that public enlightenment campaign, especially in local languages, has succeeded in alerting people to avoid actions that would further spread the disease.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that Dr. Jide Idris, the Lagos state commissioner for health, on Monday, October 9, said that two suspected cases of monkeypox were recorded in the state.
Idris speaking at a news conference said that the two suspected cases were currently under observation in health facilities in the state.
Meanwhile, the federal government has debunked a message that has been making rounds on social media, claiming the outbreak of monkeypox in some parts of the country resulted from the alleged free medical care by the government in the affected areas.
The message claimed the outbreak of monkeypox in Bayelsa was the result of a failed clandestine population control using biological agents and urged readers not to take part in any free medical programme declared by government.
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, October 8, said Nigerians should disregard the report which, he alleged was apparently being spread by those to fit into a sinister agenda.
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