– Monkeypox virus continues to rise with 74 suspected cases in 11 states
– Minister of health, Prof Isaac Adewole has dismissed claims that the military is involved in vaccination exercise
The Monkeypox virus has now spread to 11 states with a total of 74 suspected cases recorded. The Nigerian Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) which President Muhammadu Buhari chaired in Abuja.
The Federal Government, on Oct. 11 confirmed that 33 suspected cases of the virus were recorded in seven states. Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Lagos, Nasarawa and Rivers as well as the FCT.
He said, “the Council also received an update on the state of the public health of the nation.” “We informed the council about the latest development in respect of the Monkey Pox virus outbreak.” “So far as of today, there are 74 suspected cases in 11 states of the country.”
“We have confirmed three from Bayelsa and 12 of the suspected cases from Bayelsa tested negative; four suspected cases from Lagos tested negative. We are still expecting the results of the other ones.”
“We are also doing test at the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID), Edeh, to really understand the genomics of this virus.” “Even when they are negative, the laboratory attendant should be able to tell us what exactly they are,’’ he added.
The minister also dismissed the rumour that the military was spreading the Monkeypox virus through vaccination. He said that the military was never involved in any vaccination in the country, adding that any vaccination must involve state governments and the Federal Ministry of Health.
“It is also important to dispel the rumour circulating in the country that the military is vaccinating people and trying to spread Monkey Pox across the country. “The military is not involved in any vaccination exercise.”
“And I must educate Nigerians about how vaccination campaigns are done.” “The Federal Government will take the lead but we do not conduct campaign without working with states.” “So, there is no way we will do campaign without working with the states,’’ he said. \
Recall that we had earlier reported that a Monkeypox patient in Bayelsa State had committed suicide.