Monkeypox: Enugu State Govt steps up health surveillance


The Enugu State Government has stepped up surveillance against the spread of monkeypox in the 14 local government areas of the state.

The Executive Secretary of Primary Health Care Development Agency, George Ugwu, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in the state.

“Enugu is bordered by three states in the South-East region and two states in the North Central region.

”Monkypox has not been detected in Enugu State, but we are not resting on our onus since we are a multi-bordered state. However, we want our residents as well as individuals and families living in the state to up their personal and environmental hygiene and cleanliness levels.

”We have retrained our local disease surveillance officers on symptoms and signs to watch out for emerging and re-emerging diseases.

“The issues of taking good care of one’s hygiene and observing those protocols of personnel and family hygiene as during the heat of COVID-19 especially that of regular hand washing and sanitising”, Ugwu said

Ugwu noted that the agency, its affiliates and partners have also sharpened their response time to any suspected case of emerging and re-emerging diseases.

The NCDC further disclosed that in May, only six new confirmed positive cases were reported in four states with Bayelsa (two), Adamawa (two), Lagos (one), and Rivers (one).

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