The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Thursday confirmed that seven suspected cases have so far been recorded in the nation’s capital city.
The suspected victims comprising of four male and three are females were placed under surveillance at the National Hospital, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Gwarinpa Hospital and Nyanya General Hospital.
Amanda Pam, Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretariat, stated this while briefing journalists, she said seven suspected cases have been recorded and samples of six cases have been sent to Senegal for second opinion.
It would be recalled that on Wednesday, there was a rumored two cases of monkey pox diseases at Gwarimpa general hospital, Abuja. Abuja residents panicked and were scared.
The Federal Government through Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC), had on Monday, confirmed suspected outbreak of monkeypox in seven states in Nigeria, which included Bayelsa, Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Ogun and Cross River states out of which 31 people are suspected to be infected.
According to her, “Seven suspected cases have been recorded in FCT with samples of six victims taken and sent to Senegal for test and confirmation.
“Three in National Hospital, one in University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, two in Gwarinpa Hospital, and one in Nyanya General Hospital. Out of these suspected cases four are male while three are females.
“From our investigation of the cases, we concluded that the history, symptoms and signs don’t fit into the definition of monkey pox. However, samples were collected from six of the cases. In view of the above, I wish to state that so far, no confirmed case of monkey pox in FCT.”
She therefore assured Abuja residents that surveillance officers from the public health department of the FCTA is deployed to the 62 wards of the Territory. And FCTA has a very good structure on ground in case of outbreaks.
About taking the samples to Senegal, she said there is a laboratory in Gaduwa where it was first confirmed that of was not monkey pox but in medical practice there is what is called a second opinion hence the reason why the samples were sent to Senegal.
Speaking earlier, Humphrey Okoroukwu, Director, FCT Public Health while briefing journalists, said the cases were that of chicken pox which shares similar appearance to monkey pox.
Okoroukwu said he visited the said hospital on Wednesday, and no case of the virus was found.
According to him, “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,” he said.
LAIDE AKINBOADE-ORIERE, Abuja
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Author: LAIDE AKINBOADE-ORIERE, Abuja