Anambra State has allegedly confirmed its first monkeypox case. The state government in a statement on 29th June reported that one out of the two suspected cases of the disease reported in the state had been confirmed to be positive.
Dr. Afam Obidike, the Anambra Commissioner for Health disclosed at a news conference in Awka, that the state had been on alert mode after the report of the disease early in the year, across some states in the country.
He further reported that the emergency preparedness and response team in the state had put together, important surveillance measures in place towards curbing the spread of the outbreak. Residents in the state had been asked not to panic and appear in hospitals across the state for thorough examination whenever skin rashes were noticed. He additionally confirmed that isolation centers in the state had been activated.
The WHO coordinator in Anambra State, Dr. Adamu Abdulnasir has stated that the Health organization would be supporting the state in terms of outbreak response and surveillance, and building. Nigeria so far has recorded about 41 cases of Monkey pox with only one death. The Government has been taking preventive measures to stop the outbreak and educate people on how best to prevent themselves from the disease.