One of the victims of Monkeypox receiving treatment at the quarantine centre in the Niger Delta University Hospital (UNDTH), Okolobiri, has committed suicide.
The victim (name withheld), was said to have taken his own life in the early hours of Monday.
The Bayelsa State Government, confirmed the development in a joint press conference involving the Commissioners of Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson; Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu, the Chief Medical Director, NDUTH, Prof. Dimie Ogoina and other senior health officials.
Etebu disclosed that the deceased was among the 21 suspected cases of ‘MonkeyPox’ that were being managed at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital (NDUTH).
The commissioner who expressed expressed regret that the patient took his own life despite speedily recovering from the disease, further maintained that the patient did not die from the Monkeypox disease.
He said the deceased medical history did not suggest any mental illness or features of depression.
Etebu said that the police and his family had been duly contacted and all due diligence was being followed for his funeral.
He sympathised with the family and said that a committee had been put in place to evaluate his past and recent clinical and social history.
Etebu also confirmed that Monkeypox is in the state following laboratory evidence which puts to rest the earlier suspicion of the disease.
He, however, assured the general public again that the government was doing everything to contain the outbreak and ensure all patients receive appropriate care and treatment.
Source – Yabaleftonline