The Abia State has recorded nine cases of Monkeypox infection, while 40 suspected cases have been investigated and nine confirmed in five local government areas of the state, as at the time of filing this report
Penpushing reports that, an Epidemiologist in the state, Dr Peace Nwogwugwu, made this known on Wednesday at a one-day sensitisation workshop organised by the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in collaboration with Abia State Ministry of Health, held in Umuahia.
“Currently, 40 suspected cases have been investigated and nine confirmed in five local government areas of the state. Umuahia North, Umuahia South, Ikwuano and Umunneochi local government areas had two cases each, while Aba North had one case. Government has ensured that all necessary outbreak response activities have been activated. This is to quickly contain the outbreak within the shortest period’, Nwogwugwu added.
Penpushing further reports that, in her remarks the Chairperson of Women Journalists Caretaker Committee in Abia State, Oluchi Ikechukwu-Odionyenfe, said the workshop was organised so that members could join in the fight against monkeypox.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Abia State, Victor Ndukwe, while addressing participants at the workshop, pointed out that it was a bold step to prevent misinterpretation of the disease.
Penpushing also reports that, he commended the organisers and urged relevant agencies to increase public education about the disease in the rural areas, noting that the World Health Organisation(WHO) has declared monkeypox a global emergency.
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