Speaking at a press conference in Ado Ekiti, the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Modupe Alade said that the two suspected cases were recorded in Okemesi, adding that tests are underway to confirm the nature of the disease. She said the state couldn’t come up with any official statement until these tests were carried out.
Dr Alade noted that the victims were had been quarantined and their blood samples were taken to Abuja for laboratory tests.
However claims that Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state had also been invaded by Monkeypox was refuted. Authorities there had announced that no cause of Monkeypox was recorded in the state.
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Speaking to this effect the Honourable commissioner for health in Ogun state, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye revealed in his office that, in the first instance, no due procedure was taken to determine if the resemblance disease noticed was Monkeypox or not.
“It was very surprising as the State Commissioner for Health and the Chief epidemiologist of the state to hear that Ogun State was listed, We have not incidented any confirmed case of monkeypox in the state, Ogun state doesn’t have a single case.”
“Yes, there was an overzealous officer of the Ministry who saw somebody with skin lesion in the state hospital, Ijebu -Ode and unfortunately called the Federal Ministry of Health and incidented suspected case.
“Any patient in the category of that patient that was incidented cannot be considered as a suspected case because the patient has another primary problem that can give rise to skin lesion, that is not a suspected case.
“Further questioning was even very revealing that the skin lesion the patient had was not even pathognomonic of monkeypox, it was not suggestive of monkeypox but more of another skin lesion and the screening revealed that negates the entire report itself.
“We are not averse to reporting one if there is a case, and we are not willing to cover up a case but we must also not send people panicking for things that we do not have.
“We have seen, classically the distribution of rash in monkeypox is that the rashes tend to be more on the face and symbolically at the palm and the sole of the feet, this patient has neither of those and when we did a secondary screening, we discovered that there’s even a primary reason why the patient had the rash”, he added.
Meanwhile, following the outbreak of the disease in Ekiti and Osun state, three isolation centres have been created to effectively curb the spread of the disease.
However, while addressing a press conference on Tuesday in Osogbo, the state Commissioners for Health, Information and Environment, Dr. Rafiu Kusamotu, Mr. Lani Baderinwa and Oluwagbemiga Oyinlola respectively advised residents of the state to avoid contact with animals or animal products and also keep proper hygiene.