The Commissioner of Health in Osun state, Southwest Nigeria says Monkey pox is neither fatal or a terminal disease, even as he assured that the state is battle ready to combat its outbreak.
Dr Rafiu Isamotu said though Monkey pox is a viral disease, it does not kill.
“There has not been any record of fatality both in the United States in 2003 and in the Democratic Republic of Congo where its outbreak had previously been reported. It is a viral disease. It is self-limiting and it is not a terminal infection.
“Monkey pox is very similar to small pox but the fatality rate is negligible. It surfaces within few days and disappears within four weeks,” he said
Quarantine centers set up
As part of preventive measures to curb the spread of the dreaded viral disease, Isamotu said government has set-up three quarantine centres to contain the disease.
The Commissioner said emergency numbers to monitor any eventual outbreak of the virus have also been released to the public, in addition to necessary measures being put in place to prevent the spread of the virus in the state and its environs.
“Our Primary health centres in the state have been prepared ready with adequate training of our health officers so as to refer any confirmed victim of the virus to the quarantine centres.
“Signals have been sent to our surveillance officers who are already on red alert and more proactive steps are being taken just as we did during the outbreak of Ebola and Lassa fever.
Isamotu stressed that the virus has no specific treatment presently, but urged members of the public to be more conscious of their environment and ensure they keep their environment clean, embrace the culture of hand watching and maintain general hygiene.
He pledged that people would be further enlightened on the danger of Monkey pox. He thereafter urged the general public to contact the health authorities in case of any emergency.
By Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo