The number of persons said to be receiving treatment for the communicable Monkeypox – which broke out in Yenagoa, Bayelsa capital – has risen from 11 to 13, as the deadly viral epidemic has invaded Rivers State.
It is understood that the 13 patients – including a medical doctor and a 17-year-old boy – suspected to be infected with the monkeypox virus – isolated at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH) Okolobiri in Bayelsa -are responding to treatment and are at various stages of recovery.
The Bayelsa Commissioner for Health, Professor Ebitimitula Etebu, addressed a press conference on Friday along with his information counterpart, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, who said that there was no cause for alarm as the state had taken steps to curtail further spread.
He said that more than 50 others who had contact with the quarantined patients have been traced and placed under surveillance, adding that two of the infected patients earlier isolated have been treated and discharged.
In Rivers State, three persons have been confirmed to be infected with the disease in different parts of Port Harcourt.
Confirming the outbreak, the State Commissioner for Health, Professor Chike Princewill, said the three cases were discovered on Thursday night at Rumoulumeni, Eneka, and Psychiatric Road areas of Port Harcourt of Rivers State.
“We have activated our isolation centres and we have put all our Health centres on red alert.”
“The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH, Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, and all our Primary Health Centres have been reactivated.”
“We can assure you that there is no course for alarm because we are on top of the situation,” he said.