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Monkeypox: Ondo Health Commissioner, Adegbenro Calls For Calm | The Precision

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Following
the recent outbreak of the virile infection Monkey Pox, in over six
States of Nigeria and its resultant panic, Ondo State Commissioner for
Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro has allayed the fear of residents by calling
for calm.

A statement made available to THE PRECISION by the press officer in the ministry, Abooluwa Famakinwa, the Health
Commissioner said though there are reported cases in neighbouring
States, Ondo State is still free of it thus, there is no cause for alarm.
Dr.
Adegbenro said the infection is transmitted by Monkeys, Squirrels and
other animals and  in the same class as Chicken and Small Pox. 
He
disclosed that Monkey Pox was first discovered in the Republic of Congo
after the elimination of Small Pox and that it was not as bad as the
old Small Pox or Ebola.
Some
of its symptoms according to him include: severe headache, fever, sore
throat, body and back ache as well as rashes all over the body.
In his words the ” incubation period is between 6 – 16 days and its antidote is personal and environmental hygiene “.
The
helmsman in the health sector appealed to residents to abstain from ”
Bush Meat” for now, ensure Meats are thoroughly cooked before eating and
be watchful so that any suspected case is immediately reported to the
nearest hospital . 
Dr.
Adegbenro said the Government is combat ready and on top of the
situation as its Emergency Preparedness and Surveillance teams both at
the State and LGA levels have swung into action.
Other
proactive measures put in place include provision of Isolation Wards in
all State Specialist Hospitals in the State,  large scale Sensitisation
and Public Enlightenment in Print, Electronic and Social Media among
others.
Abooluwa Famakinwa

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