Monkeypox: Hospital discharges infected doctor, minor

A doctor and an 11-year-old who were infected by the Monkeypox virus presently ravaging Bayelsa State have been discharged.

The Chief Medical Director, Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri – where 11 cases of the virus were being handled – Prof. Dimie Ogoina, said that the two were discharged after treatment.

The CMD, who said other victims were responding to treatment, emphasized the need for awareness creation in the bid to effectively arrest the disease and appealed to the media for the usual cooperation.

Ogoina said, “Based on the mandate we have received from the state government, we currently have an isolation centre put in to manage the suspected cases of monkeypox. Indeed, the index case that came in about two weeks ago, the hospital has been fully mobilised to receive and care for every suspected case of monkeypox in the state.

“Currently, in the hospital, we have a designated makeshift facility where we receive adult and children that are suspected to have monkeypox. We are fully mobilised and we have provided sufficient awareness among the staff of the hospital.

“Unfortunately one of our doctors contracted the virus at the early stage of the outbreak before it was fully recognised. But I am happy to inform you that the doctor has been cared for, treated and has fully recovered and he is doing well. We have also successfully treated and managed an 11-year-old index case who has recovered and is doing well.”


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