The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed several cases of Monkey Pox in Nigeria.
In it’s latest report, the centre said that Nigeria’s risk of exposure to the Monkeypox virus was high based on the recent risk assessment it conducted. According to the report, from the 1st of January 2022 till the 29th of May 2022, there were a total of 66 suspected cases. Of the 66 suspected cases, 21 of them were confimed.
The 21 confirmed cases have been reported from nine states and the FCT. The states are Adamawa with 5 cases, Lagos with 4 cases, Bayelsa with 2 cases, Delta with 2 cases, Cross River with 2 cases, FCT with 2 cases, Kano with 2 cases, Imo with 1 and Rivers state with 1 case.
One death has also been confirmed by the NCDC. The recorded death was a 40-year-old man with renal co-morbidity and on immune-suppressive drugs.
Director General of the NCDC, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, said in a statement
“On 26th May 2022, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) activated a national multisectoral Emergency Operations Centre for Monkeypox (MPX-EOC) at level 2 to strengthen and coordinate ongoing response activities in-country while contributing to the global response.
“This was based on the report of a preliminary risk assessment done by a group of Subject Matter Experts from the NCDC, relevant government Ministries Departments and Agencies and partner agencies,”
You can read the full report from the NCDC here