File image of man infected with monkeypox

In a bid to prevent Monkey pox in the state, Lagos State Government said it has fortified measure to empower its disease surveillance, detection and response systems.

According to the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, who made this known in an interview said the background of the two confirmed cases of Monkeypox in patients with recent travel history from Nigeria now receiving medical attention in the United Kingdom (UK).

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“There is no report of Monkey pox in Lagos, in the past where there were cases like that; most of the cases were imported to the state.

“So with our disease surveillance systems in place, we are in a better position to track and detect any viral diseases if they do occur.

“This will involve all the local governments, investigative data and if we see any abnormal trend, then we start investigating,” Idris said.

Idris added that the people had a sojourn history from Nigeria does not necessarily mean they had contacted the virus from the country.

He further urged the Federal Government to put in place, detective measure as well as preventive measure in place, in order to tackle the epidemic.

“One of the best ways to do it is to have a better and proper surveillance system that can track all these diseases, apart from public enlightenment to ensure that it does not happen.

“If we adopt the right environmental control, good personal behaviour, then a lot of these things will not happen,” he added.

The commissioner urged Nigerians to prevent direct and steady contact with infected animals, humans or contaminated materials.