The Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government of Nigeria has come out to deny the serious allegation that it was responsible for the recent outbreak of Monkey Pox in some areas of the oil rich South-south Nigeria.
There have been allegations following the outbreak of Monkey Pox in Bayelsa State that the virus had been deliberately spread through a free medical care provided by the Federal Government in the area.
In an effort to denying the allegation, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement through his Special Assistant, Segun Adeyemi, in Abuja yesterday, Sunday, October 8, stated as follows –
”The Federal Government has not conducted any free medical service or care in either Bayelsa or Rivers state, as alleged in the fake report being circulated. So that could not have been the cause of the outbreak of Monkey Pox in both states.
“Monkey Pox is a virus found only in monkeys and it is rare in human beings. It belongs to the same family as Chicken Pox and Smallpox.
”It is suspected that someone may have contacted it by eating monkey meat, thus triggering the current outbreak.”
He said that all avenues would be explored to curtain the spread of the virus and bring the situation under country.