The Federal Government has portrayed the conjecturing news that monkeypox infection was acquainted by the FG with the hope to diminish populace in the South East, as fake and evil, the report that the episode of monkey pox in a few sections of the nation came about because of the claimed free restorative care sorted out by the administration for individuals of the influenced territories.
In an announcement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said Nigerians should ignore the report which, he charged, was obviously being spread by those he portrayed as unscrupulous persons.
He said, ‘’The Federal Government has not conducted any free medical service or care in either Bayelsa or Rivers state, as alleged in the fake report being circulated. So that could not have been the cause of the outbreak of monkeypox in both states.
“Monkeypox is a virus found only in monkeys and it is rare in human beings. It belongs to the same family as chicken pox and small pox.
”It is suspected that somebody may have reached it by eating monkey meat, in this manner setting off the present flare-up.”
Additionally, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, in a meeting with The PUNCH in Jos, the Plateau State capital, denied gossipy tidbits that the ailment had spread to different parts of the nation.
As per him, despite the fact that the legislature picked some presumed cases in Rivers State, the one in Bayelsa State had not been affirmed on the grounds that the aftereffects of the example sent to the research center in Senegal had not been discharged.
Adewole said the administration had started the advancement of a program to expand open mindfulness about monkeypox.
Adewole said, “There is no spread; we picked some suspected cases in Rivers State; even the one in Bayelsa State has not been confirmed, we are waiting for the results. It is tentative and there is no point spreading false rumour. In fact, there is a fake message circulating that it is because we are doing free medical screening that is why the disease came out.
“I am not aware of any free medical screening in Bayelsa, Rivers or even the South-East. No, and I wonder the motive. I don’t even know the persons behind it. They just said, ‘beware of free medical screening oo. It is to reduce population in the South-East; that is what has caused problem in Bayelsa and Rivers states.’ I got that text message.”
Adewole said, “You see, as the Health Minister, I am a technocrat, I believe more in dealing with facts than politics. Rather than call it politics, I will call it a dirty game by anybody trying to really prevent our people from benefiting from any health programme that will advance their health and well-being. The Minister of Information is working on alerting security agencies about that falsehood.
“The update on monkeypox is that we are actually developing a programme to increase public awareness. We are advising people to avoid eating bushmeat and dead animals. They should stay away from monkeys and maintain high level of personal hygiene. We will get over it because the disease will burn itself out once we quarantine those who have it, look after them and prevent its spread.”