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Nigerians Should Be Blamed For Monkeypox Outbreak – NCDC

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The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said Nigerians are to be blamed for the outbreak of Monkeypox in the country.

Dr John Oladejo, the NCDC Director of Health Emergency Preparedness and Response, said citizens are not following the preventive measures against the current outbreak of the disease in Nigeria.

He made this assertion on Tuesday in Ibadan while speaking with journalists on the sidelines of the ongoing second Ibadan Public Health conference.

According to him: “The main problem in the country, as related to these viral diseases, is the people themselves.

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“When you give them instructions or protocols, they don’t follow it.

“So, at the community level, there are always behavioural problems,”

Also Read: Monkeypox Can Be Transmitted Through Sex, Says NCDC

Oladejo stated further: “We have actually done a lot of work in terms of preparedness and activated the monkeypox emergency operations centre to strengthen our preparedness and response.

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“We have trained our health workers in every state of the federation.

“It was this training we did that made the states really wake up and go out for active surveillance and get new cases that were treated immediately.

“We are using a digital surveillance system and molecular laboratory to know the sequencing of Monkeypox in Nigeria.

“We have done a lot to ensure that we are able to control as well as prevent the spread of Monkeypox in the country.

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“The prevalence is very low, contrary to what many people think, the total number of cases from 2017 to date is 569,”

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