NCDC alerts Nigerians about increasing cases of monkeypox
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has placed Nigerians on a red alert for monkeypox.
The Director-General of NCDC was informed. Ifedayo Adetifa revealed that there has been an increase in cases of monkeypox in Nigeria.
Adetifa during a virtual media dialogue on monkeypox on Tuesday, June 28, warned that if the current trajectory continues, Nigeria might match or exceed the peak number of cases seen in 2017 when monkeypox re-emerged.
He also revealed that, since January 1, several countries have been affected by an unprecedented monkeypox outbreak. This led to more than 3,000 laboratory-confirmed cases and one death as a result of the virus as of June 22,
The NCDC DG also said the prevailing media perception and misinformation on monkeypox had fuelled false narratives about the virus, adding that the potential risk of discrimination and stigmatization from this requires urgent social and behavior change intervention.