BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja
The Gwarimpa General Hospital yesterday refuted the rumour of admitting a patient who was said to be infected with Monkey Pox.
There was a Monkey Pox scare at the early hours of Wednesday, 11th of October, 2017, when a patient who was suspected to be infected with the virus showed up at the Gwarimpa General Hospital, Abuja.
However, an official at the hospital who does not want to be mentioned confirmed to LEADERSHIP that people around became agitated on sighting the patient at the gate.
“the patient was immediately quarantined in a section close to the gate until he was observed and diagnosed of Chicken Pox, he was further treated and discharged, she said.”
Although there have been rumours of spread of the Virus to about six states across the country, the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has said that cases of monkey pox reported in different parts of the country can only be confirmed after laboratory tests, insisting that for now it is only a suspicion.
Briefing journalists after the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja,he said the Centre for Disease Control has taken samples for laboratory analysis locally and in Senegal.“We will know within 48 hours if what we are dealing with is monkey pox,” he said.
Blaming states for not escalating suspected cases on time, He further the Health Minister further urged Nigerians not to panic as the Virus is not as dangerous as thought of.