…As govt calls for calm

By Marie-Therese Nanlong.

Jos —FOLLOWING suspected case of monkey pox recorded in Jos, the Plateau State capital and the ongoing strike by health workers, Plateau State government, Tuesday, begged citizens not to panic over the issue as steps were being taken to to arrest any health challenges.

The suspected case of monkey pox was brought to the fore on Monday by the state branch of Nigerian Red Cross Society, NRCS, when the branch Secretary, Manasseh Panpe, reported it.

Monkey-pox disease

The suspected victim is currently on admission at Bingham University Teaching Hospital.

State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kuden Kamshak, who gave the assurance of curtailing any outbreak, said the patient was responding to treatment.

Kamshak, who confirmed the suspected case said: “Yes, we are having a suspected case of monkey pox at Bingham University Teaching Hospital. It has not been confirmed but we have a family health measure put in place in case of any incident.

“Though the health workers are on strike, there are skeletal services going on in all our health institutions, even in the primary health centres, in case of anything, we will be able to contain it.

“The patient is responding to treatment. The current strike is beyond Plateau State because it is a national issue. But we are discussing with the leadership of the various unions to see how they can offer some skeletal services, particularly as it relates to issue of immunisation.”

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