The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said that cases of monkey pox reported in various parts of the country can just only be confirmed after laboratory tests, insisting that for now it is only a suspicion.
The Minister said this while briefing journalists following the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.
He said the Centre for Disease Control has taken samples for laboratory analysis locally and in Senegal.
“We will know within 48 hours if what we are dealing with is monkey pox,” he said.
Adewole, who said the West African one was not life-threatening, said if the suspicion happens to be monkey pox, there were two types of the disease: Central African and West African.
The minister urged Nigerians not to panic but blamed states for slow response to outbreaks of diseases, adding that medical authorities at that level of government do not report cases on time.
The Minister’s discuss the monkeypox is coming on the heels of an assurance from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, asking Nigerians never to panic over the reported outbreak.
The Chief Executive Officer of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, had told the media, within an interview, that the centre was awaiting the confirmation of the illness from tests being conducted within and outside the country.