As the outbreak of Monkeypox spreads to Akwa Ibom state, the Federal Government has refuted reports that its free medical care programme is responsible for the disease.
In a statement on Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed stated that 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 Monkey Pox in both states.”
Akwa Ibom becomes third state: Meanwhile, after Bayelsa and Rivers states recently recorded outbreaks of the disease, Akwa Ibom state has become the third state in the country to have a recorded case. Charles Udoh, the state Commissioner of Information and Strategy, in a statement in Uyo on Saturday, announced that “Akwa Ibom State has recorded one confirmed case of monkeypox while two other cases are still under investigation.”
Proactive Cross River: Seeing that the Monkeypox disease has spread to three states within the South South region, the government of Cross River state has moved to prevent the outbreak of the disease in the state.
While addressing journalists on Sunday, the state Commissioner for Health, Inyang Asibong, said that the state is committing efforts and resources to ensure that the disease is prevented in the state.
According to her, “Already, we have a team set up for infection, disease preparedness and control. We are always on alert and in constant surveillance of any disease outbreak. We have held several meetings with the state epidemiologists because we believe that prevention is better than cure. Currently, we are carrying out sensitisation and advocacy campaigns in communities through community leaders, town announcers and the media.”