A patient receiving medical care for monkey pox at the quarantine centre in Bayelsa state has committed suicide.
The state commissioner for health, Ebitimitula Etebu, who disclosed this at a press conference in Yenagoa, the state capital, said the incident happened in the early hours of Monday.
He said the deceased was among the 21 suspected cases of the virus being managed at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH).
Etebu said the patient did not die from the disease, adding that his medical history did not suggest any sign of depression.
He also expressed regret that the patient took his own life “despite speedily recovering from the disease”.
While sympathising with the family, the commissioner said a committee had been set up to evaluate his past clinical and social history “to determine if there were undisclosed mental illness or personal family problem that could have justified the suicide”.
Etebu however, assured the public that the government was “doing everything” to contain the outbreak and ensure all patients receive appropriate care and treatment.
The state commissioner for information and orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, who was also at the conference, urged residents to continue to use preventive measures to stem the spread of the disease.
Last Wednesday,7 out of the 13 monkey pox patients on admission at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri in Bayelsa have fully
recovered, the state Commissioner for information, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, announced.
The contagious disease broke out three weeks ago in Agbura area of Yenagoa following reports that a family manifested symptoms of monkey
pox after eating monkey meat.
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The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, yesterday, confirmed that three cases of monkey pox virus from the 13 suspected cases reported from Bayelsa State in September