The Lagos State Government on Monday announced that two suspected cases of Monkeypox have been recorded in the state.
Speaking at a news conference earlier today, the State commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, said that the two suspected cases were currently under observation in health facilities in the state, The Punch reports.
He specifically said no confirmation has been made of the two cases but both are currently being investigated.
“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,” he said.
Yesterday, the Federal Government described as fake and sinister a report that the outbreak of Monkeypox in Bayelsa State resulted from a free medical care exercise it allegedly administered in some parts of the Niger Delta.
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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement in Abuja, said Nigerians should disregard the report which, the federal government said was apparently being spread by some unscrupulous persons to fit into a sinister agenda.
He had said: “The Federal Government has not conducted any free medical service or care in either Bayelsa or Rivers state, as alleged in the fake report being circulated. So that could not have been the cause of the outbreak of Monkey Pox in both states.
“Monkey Pox is a virus found only in monkeys and it is rare in human beings. It belongs to the same family as Chicken Pox and Smallpox.
“It is suspected that someone may have contacted it by eating monkey meat, thus triggering the current outbreak.”