Nigerians have been told to remain calm as Federal Government confirms three of 43 suspected cases of Monkeypox in the country even as one of the recovering case allegedly commits suicide.
At a joint media briefing by Minister of Health Professor Isaac Adewole and Chief Executive/ Epidemiologist, Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the 3 cases are from Bayelsa State.
Of the seventeenth suspected cases reported in the State, the three confirmed through the World Health Organisation (WHO) regional office in Dakar Senegal so far, are the nation’s known cases.
The Minister noted that the results of the reported suspects from Lagos returned negative while the others are still being awaited.
However, one of the cases on Bayelsa who was said to be responding to treatment has reportedly committed suicide as his doctor expressed shock.
State Commissioner for Health, Professor Ebitimitula Etebu confirmed the death but gave no further details on how the deceased who was on admission at Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Yenogoa.
Adewole had told newsmen that with three suspected Monkeypox outbreak in Yenagoa confirmed with laboratory evidence, the most likely source of infection is a primary zoonotic transmission, from an animal, with secondary person-to-person transmission.
Ihekweazu however assures Nigerians that treatment of symptoms of monkeypox is not as bad as been expressed and so far, there has not been any fatality recorded.
He urged members of the public to avoid contact with sick animals not necessarily monkey “but any animal which is sick or found dead; as the monkeypox virus is isolated in animals while humans could be secondary source of contact”.