CHINEDU WOSU, YENAGOA
Following the outbreak of a deadly viral epidemic disease known as Monkey Pox in Bayelsa Communities, three more persons have been affected with the disease making the total numbers 13 persons
This is as the Governor Seriake Dickson led administration has charged residents of the state not to panic as government is in top gear curbing the disease.
A statement signed by Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson said “there is no cause for alarm following the recent outbreak of a new viral disease known as ‘monkey pox’ which has affected a medical doctor and ten others.
“The government is on top of the situation, as it is working with medical and other health experts to contain the disease.”
Markson insisted that through the proactive efforts of the government, two out of the ten people infected with the disease are now responding well to medical care.
He noted that the affected persons are being quarantined in an isolation centre created at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Okolobiri in Yenagoa local government area of the state.
Iworiso-Markson maintained that, the epidemiological teams of the state’s Ministry of Health are working round the clock to stop the spread of the disease and ensure it is brought under full control.
He reiterated that samples of the virus had been sent to the World Health Organization (WHO) laboratory in Dakar, Senegal, for confirmation and urged residents to report any suspected case to health authorities, noting that, the virus is milder and has no records of mortality.
He described as sad the way and manner the incident has been blown out of proportion, especially on the social media, which he stressed, does not in any way reflect the true situation.
Monkey Pox is a viral disease caused by a group of viruses that include chicken pox and small pox, and the first case was noticed in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Monkey pox symptoms include severe headache, fever and back pain amongst others, while the most visible signs are rashes bigger than those caused by chicken pox.