Anambra state government has confirmed that two suspected cases of monkeypox were recorded in some local governments in the South-East state.
Commissioner for Health Dr. Afam Obidike, who disclosed that some of the affected local governments are Anambra East, Onitsha and Oyi, further revealed that one of the cases has been confirmed positive.
He added that the state emergency preparedness and response team placed relevant surveillance measures to curtail the spread of the disease.
“Few weeks ago, two suspected cases of monkey pox were reported in Anambra East, Onitsha and Oyi Local Government Areas. The case from Anambra East was confirmed positive and is currently receiving treatment at the isolation centre of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital in Nnewi.
“In light of the above, Governor Charles Soludo has declared the incident an outbreak, and an emergency preparedness and response committee meeting was convened on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by relevant stakeholders, including World Health Organisation (WHO) team and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF); they are providing necessary assistance to the state.
“Planning for immediate response to the outbreak and surveillance, laboratory, case management, risk communication and community engagement, infection prevention and control and safe burial pillars were also activated,” Obidike said.