The Bayelsa State Government has inaugurated a 12-member rapid response team comprising top medical professionals to prevent the spread of the suspected monkeypox, a viral epidemic that has infected 13 persons in the state.
Besides the 12 members, which make up the core team, other sub-teams to carry out contact tracing of patients has also been set up.
The State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebimitula Etebu, who inaugurated the committee reassured the citizens that there was no need to panic.
The commissioner said that currently, the state had 13 suspected cases at different stages of recovery following treatment at the makeshift isoloation ward at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri.
He also said that over 50 persons were being actively followed at differently located places in the state.
He stressed that the situation was not beyond control but restated the need for people to observe the simple hygiene of washing hands.
He also handed over some boxes of hand sanitizers to the team entrusted with the responsibility of monitoring the disease.
Etebu stated, ”At present, as we speak, we have 13 suspected cases at different stages of recovery following treatment at the makeshift isolation ward at NDUTH, Okolobiri.