ASABA/Nigeria: Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr Nicholas Azinge has urged Deltans not to panic because of outbreak of Monkey Pox, saying measures have been taken to curb its spread in the state.

Dr. Azinge who briefed journalists in Asaba today, October 24, 2017 also, urged Deltans to maintain high hygiene as the decease has no cure but can be managed.

He disclosed that, “a total of three suspected cases have been reported in Delta State with one case still on admission and no death recorded in the state,” stating, “Monkeypox is a rare self-limiting virus transmitted to humans from animals with symptoms in humans similar to those in small pox patients.”

“Monkeypox virus which is transmitted to people from various wild animals, is said to have limited secondary spread through human-to-human transmission with the case of fatality rate between 1 to 10 per cent as most deaths occur in younger age groups,” he stated, adding, “there is no specific treatment or vaccine for human monkeypox infection; infection results from direct contact with the blood, bodily fluids, or cutaneous or mucosal lesions of infected animals such as monkeys, rats or squirrels; eating inadequately cooked meat of infected animas is a possible risk factor.”

The Commissioner who was accompanied by his Information counterpart, Mr Patrick Ukah and top officials of Ministry of Health, urged Deltans to avoid direct contact with animals that could habour the virus, isolate infected patients from others who could be at risk of infection, hand washing with soap and water after contact with infected animals.

While calling on the public to call 07037120510 and 08036680784 when there are suspected cases, Dr Azinge asserted that 75 per cent of people vaccinated against small pox are not likely to have monkeypox.

The Commissioner used the opportunity to throw more light on the Contributory Health Commission established by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration saying, the scheme “is providing prepaid health services to 112, 169 registered enrolees, functional in 63 secondary health facilities in the state and 100 primary health care centres as registration of civil servants under the scheme is currently in progress.”

“Asaba Central Hospital has continued to receive priority attention, it is about 75 per cent completed and government has paid all is contractual obligations to the contractor and we expect that the contractor will complete the project before the end of the year; DELSUTH, Oghara is coming back to its old glory with the scan and MRI now functional,” he emphasised.


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