This was announced on Thursday in Abuja by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, in a statement issued by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director, Media and Public Relations of the ministry.
The minister said the patient suspected of having monkeypox in the state were quarantined, while supportive treatments were being offered to the victims.
He further explained that the Monkeypox could not be confirmed until laboratory investigations by WHO referral laboratory in Dakar, Senegal, say so
“Investigation is still on-going and our partners are working with us on this reported outbreak, while the NCDC team in Bayelsa state would give support,” Adewole said.
The minister, therefore, called for calm on the reported suspected cases of the disease in the state.
However, he assured Nigerians that monkeypox was milder and had no record of mortality.
“Anyone with symptoms of monkeypox should immediately report to the nearest health facility, while health workers are advised to maintain a high index of suspicion and observe safety percussion,’’ the minister said.
The minister explained that the virus was mild, as there is no known treatment and no preventive vaccines hence the public should be at alert and avoid crowded places as much as possible.
The minister also advised the public to avoid eating dead animals, bush meat and particularly bush monkeys.
According to NAN reports on Thursday, the Bayelsa Government there was fears of possible outbreak of a contagious viral disease called “monkeypox” in the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, said the state government was on top of the situation and government had contained the outbreak and commenced public sensitisation to curtail the spread of the virus.
According to him 11 persons, including a medical doctor, had been quarantined at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Okolobiri, Yenagoa Local Government Area.
He said samples of the virus had been sent to the World Health Organisation reference laboratory in Dakar for confirmation.