The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), yesterday, denied rumour of suspected outbreak of the dreaded monkey pox disease in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
However, the administration revealed that seven suspected cases have been recorded in four FCT Hospitals with samples of six victims taken and sent to Senegal for test and confirmation.
Briefing newsmen on the incident in Abuja yesterday, the secretary, FCTA Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Amanda Pam, said the recorded cases were that of chicken pox, which shares similar appearance to monkey pox.
According to her, “Three suspected cases were recorded in National Hospital, two in Gwarinpa General Hospital, one each in University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada and Nyanya General Hospital.”
It would be recalled that there was a rumored two cases of monkey pox diseases at Gwarinpa General Hospital, Abuja.
However Pam told journalists, “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 stressed.
Explaining further, the acting director, Public Health FCT, Humphrey Okoroukwu, disclosed that he had already visited the said hospital on Wednesday, reaffirming that no case of the virus was found. Okoroukwu 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.
Recall that the federal government through Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC), had on Monday, confirmed suspected outbreak of monkey pox in seven states in Nigeria, which included Bayelsa, Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Ogun and Cross River states.