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Anambra to build contagious diseases’ lab

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…Commences contact-tracing of monkeypox index cases

ANAMBRA State plans to establish a laboratory that will track and diagnose cases of monkeypox and other contagious diseases. The initiative is to check such developments before they turn into epidemic.

  Commissioner for Health, Afam Obidike, stated this while fielding questions from newsmen on government’s response to recent report that two cases of monkeypox was recorded in the state.

  Explaining that World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) were assisting the state in activating the laboratory that will be sited in Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Awka, Obidike also said that the laboratory’s establishment would shorten the time for investigation and diagnosis of outbreaks of infectious diseases like monkeypox, measles and Lassa fever and shorten the time of getting results for the investigations.

  “So far, we have recorded three suspected cases of monkeypox detected by our disease surveillance units in the local government areas. We are able to detect the first case, and in conjunction with WHO, it was confirmed. For the second case, the result is not out, while we are yet to get the sample of the third case across to the lab in Abuja,” Obidike said.

  The commissioner also added that the ministry had begun contact tracing in all the recorded cases to contain the spread of the disease.

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