There was pandemonium in Gboko, the traditional headquarters of the Tiv nation yesterday when a suspected case of Monkeypox was reported to have hit the local government.
The news of the disease outbreak, which was shared by a Facebook user, Smith Takema, based in Gboko, disclosed the name of the victim as Mwuese Aloo, a resident of No. 1, Agemafa Street in Agedam area, behind police barracks.
The 20-year-old Aloo, according to reports, is living at Dan Arrow house in Gboko.
The victim’s close relation, who pleaded anonymity, told our correspondent that the entire family was shocked on how she contacted the disease.
The source disclosed plans by the family to rush her to the General Hospital in Gboko for treatment.
As at the time of filling this report, it was learnt that authorities at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital and the Ministry of Health were making frantic efforts to send a delegation to the area to carry out thorough examination of the victim to ascertain the authenticity of the report.
When contacted, the state Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Mrs. Cecilia Ojabo, appealed for more time to enable her confirm from health experts from the local government before briefing the media.
She said: “We don’t get such reports from journalists, Gboko people where the incident took place should report to our epidemiology unit where the information will come properly to us. We have a system on ground so I will soon get the official report and only then that I can talk to the media.”