CHINEDU WOSU, YENAGOA
No fewer than Seven patients out of the 13 persons infected with the ‘MonkeyPox’ viral disease in Bayelsa State have recovered fully and been discharged from their isolation ward in the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Okolobiri.
The contagious disease broke out three weeks ago in Agbura area of Yenagoa in Bayelsa following reports that a family killed and ate Monkey meat and subsequently presented symptoms of monkeypox.
The Bayelsa government subsequently advised residents to avoid eating bush meat to curtail the spread of the disease from animals to humans.
Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, gave the update in a statement issued on Wednesday in Yenagoa.
The Commissioner, who noted that Bayelsa was winning the battle against the monkeypox disease, said others currently under medical surveillance at the state teaching hospital where they are currently receiving care have been responding positively to treatment.
According to him, so far, the government can say that it has “been able to successfully contain the spread of the disease as no new case has been reported in the last few days.”
Iworiso-Markson observed that “with the way and manner the government deployed its machinery and with the team of dedicated health and medical personnel, ‘MonkeyPox’ will soon be fully kicked out of Bayelsa state.”
He commended the government of Bayelsa especially the Ministry of Health and its officials and that of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) for their efforts in the fight against the disease.
The Commissioner also gave kudos to Bayelsa people for their cooperation, for particularly adhering to the preventive measures.
He urged them to step up efforts by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and hygiene, wash their hands regularly and avoid contacts with Monkeys and other bush meats.
He said from the feedback received from various channels, it was obvious that the public enlightenment campaign, especially in local languages contributed to the defeat of ‘MonkeyPox’ disease.
Recall that seven days after the viral disease was noticed in the Bayelsa state capital, the contagious disease appeared to be spreading to other parts of the country as it was reported to have arrived Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ogun and Lagos states.