Written by Austine ELEMUE

We are monitoring seven for Monkey Pox - FCTA

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has disclosed that it was montoring seven suspected cases of monkey pox in Abuja, while denying any confirmed case. 

The administration said of the seven suspected cases samples of six victims have been taken and sent to Senegal for tests and confirmation. 

Secretary of FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Barrister Amada Pam, made this disclosure while briefing journalists on the alleged outbreak of Monkey Pox in Gwarinpa and Gwagwalada hospitals. 

According to her, "three suspected cases were recorded in National Hospital, two in Gwarinpa Hospital, one each in University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, and Gwagwalada Hospital." 

Pam said the recorded cases were that of chicken pox, which shares similar appearance to monkey pox.

"Though we have some suspected cases but samples were collected and sent to the lab, so we are waiting for the results but from all indications, it is not monkey pox. 

“But I think I like the suspicion because it's better to suspect than to ignore it and it later turns out to be positive. The truth now is that there is no confirmed case of monkey pox disease in FCT”, she stated. 

Explaining further, Acting Director, Public Health FCT, Humphrey Okoroukwu, disclosed that he had already visited the said hospitals, reaffirming no case of the virus was found. 

He said surveillance officers from the Public Health Department of the FCTA are being deployed to the 62 wards of the Territory, as a precautionary measure against threatening health issues.

It could be recalled that the federal government through Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, had on last week, confirmed reported cases of Monkeypox in 7 states in Nigeria, which includes Bayelsa, Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Ogun and Cross River state. 

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