The Lagos State Commissioner for Well being, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has cautioned residents in opposition to panic over the current reported outbreak of infectious Monkey pox illness within the state. Abayomi spoke on Friday in Lagos on the bio safety replace assembly on the state of affairs report of Monkey Pox illness within the state.
The commissioner mentioned that three suspected circumstances of monkey pox have been reported by well being amenities up to now one month noting that the circumstances have been optimistic for Monkey Pox as revealed by reviews of laboratory investigation.
“The sufferers have been handled on the SPECIALIZED infectious illness isolation centre of Mainland Hospital, Yaba, they usually have since recovered and discharged.
“The shut contacts and relations of those circumstances have been actively monitored for 21 days for any improvement of indicators and signs of monkey pox and none of those contacts developed any signs,” Abayomi mentioned in a press release.
The commissioner mentioned that the state authorities, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Well being by the Centre for Illness Management, was sustaining related surveillance actions in all native authorities areas to forestall an outbreak of the illness.
He defined that the state Epidemiology and the Monkey pox focal individuals from the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management had earlier carried out sensitisation for clinicians and neighborhood members in some native authorities areas three months in the past.
Abayomi urged residents to watch the best potential requirements of non-public and environmental hygiene, particularly by common washing of fingers with cleaning soap and operating water and a focus to environmental publicity.
He additionally suggested well being employees to make sure that they take common security precautions when coping with sufferers, saying that applicable private protecting clothings should be worn when attending to circumstances of contagious infectious ailments.
“Well being employees are suggested to watch common security precautions when coping with sufferers and report any suspected case of monkey pox to the Medical Officer of Well being of their native authorities or the Directorate of Illness Management by these traces: 08023169485 and 08023377487,” Abayomi mentioned.
The commissioner defined, “Monkey pox is a uncommon viral an infection of animals which might be transmissible to man and brought on by Monkey pox virus.”
In line with him, the signs in human is just like these seen in hen pox sufferers although much less extreme.
“It happens primarily in Central and West Africa near tropical rain forest the place there’s frequent contact with contaminated animals,” he mentioned.
Abayomi defined that Monkey pox might be transmitted by direct contact of individuals with the blood, bodily fluid, cutaneous or mucosa lesions of contaminated animals; dealing with of contaminated monkeys and rodents resembling West African big rats and Squirrels, being main reservoirs of the virus.
The commissioner additionally mentioned that the illness may be unfold by human to human transmission by shut contacts with contaminated respiratory secretions, pores and skin lesions of an contaminated particular person or object just lately contaminated by affected person’s fluid or lesion supplies; consuming undercooked meat of contaminated animal and transmission to unborn child by the placenta.
Abayomi mentioned Monkey pox might be suspected in any particular person presenting with a postular rash and a number of signs of fever, chills, sweats, headache, backache swollen glands sore throat, cough and shortness of breath.
“Within the early section of the illness, sufferers often current with fever, swelling of lymph nodes, again ache, intense headache, muscle ache and lack of power.
“The late section, pores and skin rashes or lesion with a flat base develops between three days after the onset of fever which later kind small fluid stuffed blisters.
“This fluid later turn out to be pus after which crust in about 10 days,” he defined.
The commissioner mentioned that there was no particular remedy for monkey pox, including that the affected person would get better after the signs subsided between two to a few weeks.
He additionally suggested that precaution must be taken when coming into contact with wildlife resembling monkeys or rodents, particularly if such animals exhibit options of illness.