Panic as suspected Monkey Pox patient chased out of Benin hospital


There was tension at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) in Benin City, Edo State, over scare of Monkey Pox disease.

It was gathered that mass evacuation of patients hit the hospital, yesterday, following conflicting reports over a person suspected to have contracted the disease and admitted at the facility.

Also, there was tension in Benin, the state capital, as some residents are accusing the management of the UBTH of chasing a Monkey Pox patient into the town, with the likelihood of spreading the disease.

The management had on Tuesday confirmed that the person had been admitted in the hospital.

Spokesman for the hospital, Uwaila Joshua, had confirmed in a statement that the suspected patient is undergoing further evaluations, adding that there is no danger posed to staff or other patients.

According to him, the said patient is in an isolated complex at the health facility.

However, a relative of the suspected Monkey Pox patient who does not want his name in print, dismissed the hospital’s report, saying that they were driven away by authorities of UBTH.

“I read reports of suspected Monkey Pox patient been admitted to UBTH with surprise.

“For the record, when we took our brother there [hospital] on Monday, we were driven away by some medical personnel at the accident and emergency ward on account that they don’t have facilities to cater for Monkey Pox patients.

“So, I have this question for UBTH management: Is it our brother that they chased away that is now in their facility receiving treatment?

“Except of course, they have another patient over there. And? if we are to go by that, would they have rejected my brother on Tuesday on account of no facility and admitted another in their supposed Monkey Pox isolated complex?,” he queried.

Efforts to get the reaction of the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. David Osifo, failed, as calls made to his mobile phone went unanswered.


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