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Nigeria’s Cross River intensifies search to track alleged outbreak monkey pox


File photo shows signs of monkey pox

By Akpan David, Calabar

Cross River State government has said that they are intensifying search for reported outbreak of monkey pox in the state.

Director-General of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong spoke with reporters and debunked reports of outbreak of monkey pox by some bloggers.

She informed that the state has usually been proactive on health issues.

“As of today, May 16th 2022, there’s no active case of monkey pox in Cross River State.

“We have tried every avenue to ensure that the state manages every symptoms of monkey pox especially in those Local Government Areas where we have recorded cases in the last few months.

“We have intensified surveillance as we actively search for people who visit our health facilities with similar symptoms and those reported by their relatives.

“We only had two cases in February which were well managed. We have also traced those they had one on one contact with so that we can be assured of a pandemic free state.”

She assured thay they will not relent on their efforts to stall the spread of the disease since they are aware of how transmittable it can be going by the number of people coming into the state.

Ekpenyong added that they are working with WHO, UNICEF and other health agencies in surveillance activities, periodic training of health workers on how to identify other communicable diseases.

She disclosed that they are also sensitising people on how to prevent monkey pox and cholera.

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