Mainlanders and other Lagos residents should take safety precautions and also maintain a high standard of personal and environmental hygiene as the health operatives have confirmed the spread of monkey pox to the state.
Confirming the two cases recorded in the state, the Commissioner for Health Dr. Jide Idris told reporters that the two suspected cases were currently being investigated while appealing to residents to remain calm and vigilant.
“Though no confirmed case has been recorded, there is need to sensitise members of the public and provide adequate information on measures for prevention and control of the disease in line with the policy of the State government,” he said.
Dr. Idris said the two suspected cases were recorded in a private hospital which he did not disclose. He added that one of the suspected case just came in the state from Bayelsa State and ate bush meat.
He further said the two suspected cases had been quarantined in their various houses pending the result of the investigation.
The commissioner said in the wake of this outbreak, the state government is reiterating the need for members of the public to observe and maintain a high standard of personal and environmental hygiene at all times as part of the precautionary measures to prevent the spread to the State.
He urged members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspected case of the disease to the nearest public health facility or the Directorate of Disease Control in the State Ministry of Health.
“Also, health workers are advised to practice universal safety precautions in the management of suspected or confirmed cases, wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment when attending to cases, wash hands after each contact with patient or contaminated materials while surveillance system must be strengthened.
“The state government has mobilised the Disease Surveillance Officers in the 57 LGAs and LCDAs in the state and health workers in both public and private health facilities have been placed on high alert,” Dr. Idris said.
Idris called on residents of the State to remain calm and go about their businesses without fear as the government had put in place adequate measures to effectively prevent and control the spread of the infection to the State.
“In case of any suspected case of Monkey Pox, the Lagos State Ministry of Health should be notified through the following mobile lines: 08037170614, 09087106072,” he said.