Bayelsa Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, on Monday dispelled the romours that two new cases of MonkeyPox disease were detected within the state.

Etebu told newsmen on telephone that the alleged two cases reported weren’t fresh but original copies.

The commissioner stated bloodstream samples sent for confirmatory tests in the World Health Organisation reference laboratory in Dakar came back in batches.

He stated, “The additional two good results, though not really a new outbreak, will break the entire recorded cases within the state to 5.

“WHO in September confirmed three cases of monkey pox disease in Bayelsa,” he stated.

The state allayed the worry that the condition was distributing further.

Based on him, the epidemic have been largely contained following a joint efforts of the state government, Nigerian Center for Disease Control and worldwide public health partners.

Etebu stated that most of the 21 patients isolated in the Niger Delta College Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, Yenagoa, in which the index situation was reported, had fully retrieved and discharged.

“I let you know that many of the patients being monitored and given care in the isolation center happen to be discharged.

“But everything is dynamic and also the number keeps altering I haven’t checked out the information for yesterday and could not give you information that is accurate,” Etebu added.


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