NCDC denies existence of labs engineering monkeypox

NCDC denies existence of labs engineering monkeypox

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has refuted a social media rumour that Nigeria has laboratories where monkeypox virus is produced.

This was issued in a statement on Tuesday, May 31, by the NCDC Director-General, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, who also stated that the claim is without merit.

It stated that the supervising authorities are aware of the designation and activities of Nigerian public health laboratories.

Also, the NCDC stated that the Federal Government procured and established most of the laboratories for diagnostic purposes in all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). This was in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other infectious diseases.

It also stated that some other laboratories are dedicated to the Federal Government’s and Partners’ highly successful HIV control programme. This is based on larger and longstanding bilateral; and multilateral cooperation in public health, including disease prevention, diagnosis, surveillance, and control.

“As a rule, Nigeria welcomes scientific cooperation with all foreign countries; and has received material support from the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan etc, and also discussed vaccine production with Russia.

“Collaboration between Nigeria and the United States has provided opportunities for technical assistance; capacity building, provision of equipment and field hospitals at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic; and funds to support health programmes, like HIV/AIDS, and malaria elimination,” the NCDC noted.

According to the US embassy in Nigeria, the latest outbreak of monkeypox in the country has nothing to do with it.

It stated that the US government has continued to provide technical assistance; and financing to Nigerian health officials in order to combat disease outbreaks such as COIVD-19 and monkeypox, among others.

Temitayo Famutimi, an Information Specialist at the US Consulate General’s Public Affairs Section, announced this in a statement on Monday, May 30.

The declaration was made in response to allegations; that the US government was spreading monkeypox disease in Nigeria by employing laboratories under its control.

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Rather of spreading diseases, the US government has aided the Nigerian health sector in the areas of capacity building, equipment, commodities/consumables; and finance to essential public health programmes, hospitals, and laboratories, according to the statement.

Since the beginning of the year 2022, Nigeria has experienced its first death from monkeypox sickness.


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