Monkeypox: Enugu State Govt steps up health surveillance

Written by on June 8, 2022

The Enugu State Government has stepped up surveillance against the spread of monkeypox in the 14 local government areas of the state.

Dr George Ugwu, the Executive Secretary of Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA),made this known in an interview with the Newsmen on Wednesday in Enugu.

He said that disease surveillance officers in council areas had been sensitized and placed on alert to detect monkey pox.

Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae.

Ugwu noted that the agency, its affiliates and partners have also sharpened their response time to any suspected case of emerging and re-emerging diseases.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) recently said that the country recorded 21 confirmed cases of the Monkeypox disease in the last five months with one death.

The NCDC further disclosed that in the month of May, only six new confirmed positive cases were reported in four states with Bayelsa (two), Adamawa (two), Lagos (one) and Rivers (one).

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