NCDC Confirms 172 Cases Of Monkey Pox In Nigeria
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed the number of monkeypox cases has risen to 172 in the country.
The center’s Week 31 reports indicated the spread has reached 27 states since January.
From January 1 to August 7, 2022, NCDC said four deaths were recorded from four states – Delta (1), Lagos (1), Ondo (1), and Akwa Ibom (1).
The report also showed that there were at least 473 suspected cases of the disease in the country.
NCDC posted the report on its Twitter handle. See the tweet below:
Our #Monkeypox situation report as of 7th August has been published.
This situation report provides a summary of the current situation of #Monkeypox in Nigeria, and our preparedness & response activities.
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) August 14, 2022
“Overall, since the re-emergence of monkeypox in September 2017, 985 suspected cases have been reported from 35 states in the country. Of these 985 suspected cases, 398 (40.4%) were confirmed (263 male, 135 female) from 30 states.
“12 deaths have been recorded (CFR = 3.0%) since September 2017 in nine states—Lagos (3), Edo (2), Imo (1), Cross River (1), FCT (1), Rivers (1), Ondo (1), Delta (1), and Akwa Ibom (1).”
The NCDC, however, said there are ongoing efforts to strengthen surveillance at the national and sub-national levels, to increase awareness, and to promptly detect and respond to the outbreak.
Speaking In an interview, the Ondo State Epidemiologist, Dr. Stephen Fagbemi, said people need to visit the hospital once they notice the symptoms.
The symptoms, according to him, are fever, swelling of lymph nodes, back pain, intense headache, muscle aches, and lack of energy.
“There is a need for increased awareness on the steps to reduce the virus exposure and people need to report to hospitals once they notice the symptoms.”
Also, the Senior Vice President for Africa, Human Health Education and Research Foundation, Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor, said Nigerians must ensure that they protect themselves against the disease.
“You must ensure you wash your hands thoroughly, and always avoid contact with animals that could harbour the virus, including sick or dead animals. Personal hygiene is always important,” Nsofor said.