The Ekiti state Government has confirmed two suspected cases of monkey pox in the state.
According to the state govt., the victims, who were discovered in Okemesi Ekiti, a border town with Osun state in Ekiti West local government area had been quarantined, while their blood samples had been taken to Abuja for laboratory tests.
Meanwhile, the Senate has urged the Federal Ministry of Health, state governments, local governments and community-based organisations to be proactive in containing the spread of the monkey pox diseases.
It also called for sustained enlightenment and education of citizens on efforts to take to reduce exposure to the virus.
The Senate’s resolution followed a motion sponsored by Senator Ali Wakili (Bauchi South) who expressed worry that the unavailability of vaccines or specific treatment for the virus, has caused panic among Nigerians.
Contributing to the debate, Senator Magnus Abe (Rivers APC) said it was necessary that all available machinery and resources of the government be deployed so that the current cases of monkey pox do not become an epidemic.
Abe added that Nigeria, in recent years, has had to deal with Ebola, Lassa fever and now Monkeypox, all of which are linked to poor sanitary conditions and uncontrolled contact with animals.
Senator Emmanuel Paulkner (Bayelsa PDP) expressed worry at the spread of the virus.
“No sooner an incident was recorded in Rivers state, which is closest to Bayelsa, incidents is being reported in Lagos. This shows there is need for the agencies to work together,“ Paulkner said.
The British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Laure Beaufils, said the British government would support the federal government in its efforts to curb the spread of the recent outbreak of monkey pox disease in the country.
Beaufils disclosed this in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital during his visit to the office of the state chapter of International Federation of Women Lawyers.
According to him, “This outbreak is a very serious concern and the British Government is supporting the government of Nigeria in addressing health, education and basic services in general and to ensure that the health of the population here goes from strength to strength.”
“We are monitoring the situation very closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and we will be reviving our support as and when we go.
- Bright Bassey