No ‘Shaking’! Bayelsans Massively Avoid Handshakes as Fear of Monkeypox Grips Residents

In view of the information that the fluid of an infected person are highly contagious,

Bayelsa State residents are avoiding handshakes and bodily contact in public places.
This is following the outbreak of monkeypox viral diseases in Yenagoa, Bayelsa capital which has so far infected 11 people including a medical doctor.
According to SaharaReporters, the development followed the advice by the Health Commissioner of Health, Professor Ebitimitula Etebu to members of the public to wash hands frequently and maintain higher levels of personal hygiene to curtail the spread of the disease.
Mr. Etebu had allayed fears of a possible epidemic following the outbreak of the contagious viral disease, assuring that the state government was on top of the situation.
People who attended public functions on Thursday and Friday in Yenagoa kept their distances as well as avoided handshakes and hugs that characterized exchange of pleasantries at social functions.
Some people who spoke on the sidelines of Thursday’s World Teachers Day celebration in Yenagoa said the precautionary measure was justified due to the anxiety created by the spread of news of the dreaded disease on social media.
Residents across the state capital have been circulating text messages on social media networks urging people to abstain from shaking hands due to the outbreak of the disease.
Etebu disclosed that 11 persons, including a medical doctor, had been quarantined at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH), Okolobiri in Yenagoa Local Government Area.
The commissioner recalled that the first index case came from Agbura in Yenagoa, where somebody was purported to have killed and ate monkey meat and started developing rashes.
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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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