- The suspected cases of monkeypox viral disease has been detected in Lagos state
- This was confirmed by the Lagos state commissioner for health
- The commissioner said the two suspected cases were currently under observation
Dr. Jide Idris, the Lagos state commissioner for health, on Monday, October 9, said that two suspected cases of monkeypox have been 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, The Punch reports.
He said: “Though no confirmed case has been recorded, 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 policy of the State government.”
Meanwhile the National Centre for Disease Control, Abuja, said that 31 cases of the monkeypox virus have been recorded in seven states.
They include Bayelsa, Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Ogun and Cross River states.
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, the monkeypox viral disease had spread to Akwa Ibom state and has been confirmed by the state government.
The Punch reports that Charles Udoh who is the commissioner for information and strategy on Sunday, October 8.
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He said that one case of the disease has been discovered while two other suspects are under investigation.
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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