Monkeypox disease spreads to Rivers State, 3 cases identified

Three suspected cases of the dreaded monkeypox disease have been reported in Rivers State.

The disease was first reported in neighbouring Bayelsa State.

The outbreak in Rivers State was disclosed to newsmen in Port Harcourt by the Commissioner for Health, Professor Princewill Chike.

Consequently, the state government has placed the cases under surveillance.

Professor Chike said the cases were identified in Rumuolumeni, Eneka and Rumoimoi all in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area. He however assured that his ministry has taken adequate measures to stop the spread of the disease.

“In Rivers State we have three suspected cases already. One is from the Rumuorlumeni area. We saw it and think it is not a serious matter so we have ruled it out.

“Another one is a thirteen year old boy at Eneka. We discovered they took the boy to a native doctor. The parents think they can handle it the native way.

“We have activated our isolation centers and we have put all our Health centers on red alert.

“The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital and all our Primary Health Centers have been reactivated.

“We can assure you that there is no course for alarm because we are on top of the situation,” he said.

The health commissioner added that the ministry has made contacts with UPTH, primary health centers, and other relevant authorities to be on alert for any emergencies, urging the public to contact the following numbers: 08056109538, 09062277699, and 08033124314 for emergency situtions.


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