Ondo govt. calls for calm amidst monkey pox scare

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As tension continues to grow over the outbreak of monkey pox in the country, the Ondo state government has asked residents of the state to state calm and not nurse any fear.

Speaking the the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro said though there are reported cases in neighbouring states (Ogun and Ekiti), Ondo State is still free of it thus there is no cause for alarm.

On Dr. Adegbenro said the infection is transmitted by Monkeys, Squirrels, and other animals and in the same class as Chicken and Small Pox.


He disclosed that Monkey Pox was first discovered in the Republic of Congo after the elimination of Small Pox and that it was not as bad as the old Small Pox or Ebola.

Some of its symptoms according to him include severe headache, fever, sore throat, body and backache as well as rashes all over the body.

"Incubation period is between 6 – 16 days and its antidote is personal and environmental hygiene," he said.

The helmsman in the health sector appealed to residents to abstain from "Bush Meat" for now, ensure Meats are thoroughly cooked before eating and be watchful so that any suspected case is immediately reported to the nearest hospital.

Dr. Adegbenro said the Government is combat ready and on top of the situation as its Emergency Preparedness and Surveillance teams both at the State and LGA levels have swung into action.

Other proactive measures put in place include the provision of Isolation Wards in all State Specialist Hospitals in the State, large-scale sensitization, and public enlightenment in print, electronic, and social media among others.

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