Abia, a South Eastern state in Nigeria, has recorded nine cases of Monkeypox infection.
The state’s epidemiologist, Peace Nwogwugwu, announced this on Wednesday in Umuahia during a one-day sensitisation workshop organised by the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in collaboration with Abia Ministry of Health.
“Currently, 40 suspected cases have been investigated and nine confirmed in five local government areas of the state.
“Umuahia North, Umuahia South, Ikwuano and Umunneochi local government areas had two cases each, while Aba North had one case.
“Government has ensured that all necessary outbreak response activities have been activated.
“This is to quickly contain the outbreak within the shortest period.”
Meanwhile, the chairperson of NAWOJ Caretaker Committee in Abia state, Oluchi Ikechukwu-Odionyenfe, disclosed that the workshop was organised so that NAWOJ members could join in the fight against monkeypox.