The ministry’s Director of Public Health Services, Dr Okechukwu Ossai, has advice residents of the state not to have contact with wild animals for self protection against Monkey-pox-virus.
He said this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday, on measures taken by the ministry to prevent the disease in the state.
Ossai said that awareness as began on every local radio and television stations about the disease, its signs and symptoms.
He stated further that ministry had began to orientate its disease surveillance officers in all the local governments and border areas on the disease, on the physical manifestations and signs of the disease.
“At the grassroots, we have alerted our health focal persons to monitor the environment and ensure that no one incubates any strange disease in his or her house,’’ he said.
The director said that personal, family and environmental hygiene especially hand washing, was key and necessary for all residents of the state to observe, to avoid any form of virus or contagious disease.
“I will also urge hunters, butchers and those that prepare bush meat from these animals for consumption to be wary.
“However, if the meat from these animals mentioned are cooked very well beyond boiling point, the meat is safe as the virus is destroyed via proper boiling.’’
Health experts explain that Monkey-pox, a virus found in monkeys and other wild animals is, however, rare in humans, adding that it belongs to the same family of Chicken-pox and Small-pox.