The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has said that seven suspected pox cases have been recorded in four FCT Hospitals with samples of six victims taken and sent to Senegal for test and confirmation.
Briefing newsmen on the incident in Abuja yesterday, the secretary, FCTA Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Amanda Pam, said the “three suspected cases were recorded in National Hospital, two in Gwarinpa General Hospital, one each in University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada and Nyanya General Hospital.”
“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,” she stressed.
Explaining further, the acting director, Public Health FCT, Humphrey Okoroukwu, disclosed that surveillance officers from the Public Health Department of the FCTA are being deployed to the 62 wards of the territory, as a precautionary measure against threatening health issues.
Recall that the federal government through Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC), had on Monday, confirmed suspected outbreak of monkey pox in seven states in Nigeria – Bayelsa, Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Ogun and Cross River states.