Thursday, 12 October 2017

Monkeypox: No Monkey Pox Virus in Imo

Rebecca Ejifoma

The Imo State government has authentically assured residents and Nigerians that there is no Monkey pox virus in the state as rumor is being spread creating anxiety among pupils and parents in Owerri, the state capital.

It stated this in a media release it issued on Wednesday that its attention was drawn to “the wicked and unfounded rumor being spread over the monkey pox virus which created undue anxiety in Owerri, the state capital especially among some parents on Wednesday October 11 this year”.

According to the release, the State government wants to inform Imo people in particular and the public that the monkey pox virus is not in Imo and will never be in Imo “in Jesus Name”.


However, the statement has it that the Federal Government had named few states with one or two cases of the virus and those states should be monitored closely, adding that Imo is not among any of the groups, while warning those spreading the rumour.

“Again, no child or pupil or student has been immunised or is being immunised as part of the rumour had carried, because there is no need for such action,” the State government noted.

With this, the government assured his people: “The government is on the alert and will take the necessary action if the need arises and Imo people will duly be informed. But for now, there is no cause for any alarm.  Imo is in the hand of God.”