Bauchi records outbreak of monkeypox as govt urge residents not to panic


Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BASPHCDA) has confirmed an outbreak of monkeypox in the state.

Speaking on Friday the Executive Chairman of the Agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed made the confirmation to LEAKBLAST in Anguwan Galadima, Tirwun shortly after flagging off OBR for the month of July.

“Yes, there is an outbreak of monkeypox in Bauchi, one person has been diagnosed with the disease while 2 others are still under close observation, therefore, they are suspects of the disease for now”.

The BASPHCDA reported that. “The victim is not from Bauchi state, he came from Adamawa State, he is presently receiving medical management at one of the facilities.

We will not allow him to go until we are satisfied with his condition”.

He, however, assured that his Agency in collaboration with others concerned about healthcare delivery services are working round the clock to ensure that the disease does not spread beyond what it is at present.

He also said, “Our surveillance has been reinvigorated to ensure that suspected cases are immediately reported in the state, we are a gateway to the North-East subregion, we are therefore at alert to ensure that no suspected case of monkeypox goes unnoticed”.

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He then appealed to the people to immediately report to the nearest health facility any symptoms of the disease for effective medical management which he said the disease requires for now.

The Symptoms of monkeypox according to him can include Fever; Headache; Muscle aches and backache; Swollen lymph nodes; Chills and Exhaustion.

Others are respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough) while a rash that can look like pimples or blisters appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus. He said.

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