The Bayelsa State Government says there is no cause for alarm following the recent outbreak of a new viral disease known as ‘monkey pox’ which has affected a medical doctor and ten others.
The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson who stated this in a statement, said the government is on top of the situation, as it is working with medical and other health experts to contain the disease.
The statement explained that, through the proactive efforts of the government two out of the ten people infected with the disease are now responding well to medical care.
The Commissioner disclosed that, the affected persons are been quarantined in an isolation centre created at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Okolobiri in Yenagoa local government area of the state.
Iworiso-Markson maintained that, the epidemiological team of the state’s Ministry of Health are working round the clock to stop the spread of the disease and ensure it is brought under full control.
The commissioner, who reiterated that samples of the virus, had been sent to the World Health Organisation (WHO) laboratory in Dakar, Senegal, for confirmation urged residents to report any suspected case to health authorities, noting that, the virus is milder and has no records of mortality.
He described as sad the way and manner the incident has been blown out of proportion, especially on the social media, which he stressed does not in any way reflect the true situation.
The government spokesman also stressed that, the present administration of Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson is fully committed to ensure that, everyone in the state is safe and healthy and called on those living outside the state to disregard the negative publicity about the disease.
Monkey Pox is a viral disease caused by a group of viruses that include chicken pox and small pox, and the first case was noticed in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The symptoms of the disease are severe headache, fever and back pain amongst others, while the most visible signs are rashes bigger than those caused by chicken pox.