Trouble looms as Lagos State uncovers two persons with Monkey Pox, Commissioner speaks



Dr Jide Idris, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, on Monday revealed that two suspected cases of Monkey Pox were placed on close follow up in the state.

The commissioner who made the utterance at the news conference in Lagos, said, "though no confirmed case has been recorded."

According to News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, suspected cases of monkey pox outbreak was first discovered in Bayelsa, on Sept. 22.

The Commissioner explained that one of the suspects said he ate bush meat. And the two discovery were made in a private hospital in Lagos.

Idris explained that the two suspected victims are currently under isolation in their different houses following when the investigation is over.

"There is need to sensitise members of the public and provide adequate information on measures for prevention and control of the disease in line with the state government policy, ” Idris said.

"Also, health workers are advised to practice universal safety precautions in the management of suspected or confirmed cases.

"They should wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment when attending to cases, wash hands after each contact with patient or contaminated materials while surveillance system must be strengthened.

"The state government has mobilised the Disease Surveillance Officers in all the 57 local government areas and LCDAs in the state, while health workers in both public and private health facilities have been placed on high alert, ” he said.

"In case of any suspected case of Monkey Pox, the Lagos State Ministry of Health should be notified through the following mobile lines: 08037170614, 09087106072,” the commissioner said.


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