Ekiti State Government has confirmed two suspected monkeypox cases in the state, even as Ogun State Government refuted a report credited to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, listing the state among those affected by the viral disorder.
“We have two cases at Okemesi Ekiti. Tests are still being carried out and not until it is confirmed, we can’t come out with any official statement”, the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Modupe Alade said in a press conference in Ado Ekiti.
The victims, Alade noted, were discovered in Okemesi Ekiti, a border town with Osun State in Ekiti West Local Government , have been quarantined while their blood samples have been taken to Abuja for laboratory tests.
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However, following the outbreak of Monkey Pox in the neighbouring Ekiti State, Osun State government has created three isolation centres to handle the case in case the state is equally affected in the future.
The government also said doctors and other health workers in the state would be trained and sensitized on how to prevent and handle viral monkey pox disease in the state.
Addressing a press conference in Osogbo yesterday, the state Commissioners fo Health, Information and Environment, Dr. Rafiu Kusamotu, Mr. Lani Baderinwa and Oluwagbemiga Oyinlola respectively advised residents of the state to avoid contact with animals or animal products and also keep proper hygiene.