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Abia State has finally confirmed some fresh reports that it had also recorded nine cases of the ravaging Monkeypox infection.
Abia State epidemiologist, Peace Nwogwugwu had also made this known on Wednesday in Umuahia.
She had spoken at 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,” said Mrs Nwogwugwu, a medical doctor.
“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,” Mrs Nwogwugwu added.
The Chairperson of NAWOJ Caretaker Committee in Abia State, Oluchi Ikechukwu-Odionyenfe, in her remarks, said the workshop was organised so that NAWOJ members could join in the fight against monkeypox.
In another report, some angry women from Umuopara area in Abia State yesterday protested the continued captivity of a medical doctor from the town, Uwadinachi Iweja, who was kidnapped on 5th June, 2022.
The women marched to Ezeukwu I of Ezeleke, Eze Godfrey Ibeakanma, the paramount ruler of the 13 Umuopara autonomous communities, under the leadership of the vice president of the Umuopara women’s wing, Dame Victoria Chinedum Asomugha, and demanded coordinated efforts from the relevant authorities to ensure that Iweha is released safely and in good health.
“The women of Umuopara are angry. Uwadinachi was in the church to worship God when he was kidnapped. Let government hear us and help us look for our son”, they cried out.
Responding, Ibeakanma aligned himself with the women, explaining that the state government and security agencies had been trying but he pleaded with them to upscale further actions to get the victim released alive.