NCDC Working To Mitigate Spread Of Monkeypox — Minister

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(Last Updated On: 2022-05-24)

 

The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, has stated that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is doing everything possible to mitigate the spread of Monkeypox.

Monkeypox disease is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus, it belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae.

The disease, which according to the World Health Organisation, is endemic to West and Central African countries, has surfaced in some European countries.

While the NCDC noted that 15 out of the 46 suspected cases reported had been confirmed, countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Portugal, Spain, Israel, Lebanon and Canada among others have started to report cases.

Speaking in an interview with The PUNCH, Mamora said the NCDC was doing everything possible to enhance surveillance to mitigate the spread of the disease.

“The NCDC is on it. The centre is doing all it takes in terms of surveillance, response and it is also putting in place certain measures to mitigate the spread.

“Just like we have the Lassa fever, the monkeypox is endemic to Nigeria but we have our agencies like the NCDC when it comes to response and I can assure you that they are totally on it,” the minister said.

Source: Punch

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