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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Recovering monkeypox patient commits suicide in Bayelsa

One of the patients receiving medical care for monkeypox at the quarantine centre in Bayelsa State has reportedly committed suicide.

The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, who disclosed this while addressing a press conference in Yenagoa, said the deceased was among the 21 suspected cases of monkeypox being managed at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH).
Etebu was joined by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the Chief Medical Director of the NDUH and other senior health officials.
He expressed regret that the patient took his own life despite speedily recovering from the disease and that his medical history did not suggest any mental illness or features of depression.
The health commissioner added that the patient did not die from the disease.
According to him, the police and his family have been duly informed and all due diligence is being followed for the eventual respectful and safe burial.
While sympathising with the family, Etebu disclosed that a committee had been put in place to evaluate his past and recent clinical and social history to determine “if there were undisclosed mental illness or personal family problem that could have justified suicide”.
Meanwhile, Federal Government yesterday confirmed three cases of monkeypox in Bayelsa State, after carrying out an intensive laboratory investigation on 21 suspected cases at the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Laboratory in Dakar, Senegal.
Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who made this known while addressing journalists in Abuja, explained that although results of two cases were yet to be received, the 12 suspected cases from Bayelsa State and the four suspected cases from Lagos State were negative.
According to him, since the first report of the suspected monkeypox in Bayelsa State on September 22, a total of 43 suspected cases had been reported from eight other states – Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ekiti, Lagos, Enugu, Nasarawa, Rivers, and FCT.
Adewole, however, maintained that although investigations would still continue for cases that fit into the monkeypox case definition, he was positive that many of the cases reported from the aforementioned states were not caused by the monkeypox virus.
He said: “On the 22nd of September 2017, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) received a report of a suspected case of monkeypox virus disease from the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Okolobiri, Bayelsa State.
“As at 13th of October 2017, there were 17 suspected cases reported from Yenagoa LGA in Bayelsa State. We have received laboratory confirmation for Monkeypox virus from three of these cases from the WHO Regional Laboratory in Dakar, Senegal. Samples from 12 other cases from Bayelsa were negative.
“With these results, three suspected monkeypox outbreak in Yenagoa has been confirmed with laboratory evidence.
“Further laboratory tests using whole genome sequencing are being carried out by the Africa Centre for Genomics and Infectious Diseases in Redeemers University, Ede, Ogun State.”
The minister stressed that monkeypox was not deadly and had so far not claimed any human life. He urged Nigerians to remain calm and treat those confirmed with the disease with care and compassion.
On the alleged vaccination of monkeypox virus by the military in the South-East, Adewole said that the transmission of the disease had nothing to do with injections or vaccination.
The National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, warned against contact with squirrels, rats and similar animals, especially when they were sick or found dead in areas where the monkeypox virus was circulating.
On his part, the Director, African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, (ACEGID), Prof. Christian Happi, noted that the monkeypox virus was last found in Nigeria about 40 years ago.
He added that the centre was committed not only to identifying and having a better understanding of virus, but also to know the organism better to enable a more enriching and timely diagnosis in future.

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