Katsina records first monkeypox case

The Katsina government says it has recorded, treated and discharged a patient infected with monkeypox.

Commissioner for Health, Yakubu Danja, confirmed this at the distribution of medicare and free medicines to the 34 local government areas in Katsina.

According to him, Katsina has about 15 suspected cases, whose samples have been taken to Abuja, and are awaiting the results.

Mr Danja also disclosed that the medicare and free medicine would be distributed to call centres across the state. He said the government had proactively activated all emergency response teams to curtail further spread of the disease in Katsina.

He added that the distribution of the medicines was to proactively deal with the disease, as well as cholera and other rainy season-related diseases.

The commissioner also inspected the emergency operations centre and the 140 solar direct drive vaccine refrigerators. He said the facility was donated by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.