Infectious disease experts say there is no end to the outbreak of many infectious diseases as Nigeria continues to record rising cases of monkeypox, Lassa fever and diarrhea during the outbreak of COVID-19 cases.
They emphasize that this is due to increased human-rat interactions, poor housing conditions and sanitation.
The Nigeria Centers for Disease Control has so far recorded 182 suspected cases of Lassa fever in all 33 provinces; 2,339 suspected cholera and 74 deaths in 30 provinces; and 41 cases of monkeypox in 16 states.
Public health officer and infectious disease specialist, Prof Bayo Onajole, said, “We cannot stop the spread of diseases because they are equal.
All of these are natural phenomena that occur. Some of these diseases have been present but to a lesser extent.
Just as humans do not want to die, all living things do not want to die, so they are constantly evolving and trying to find better ways to survive.
“Lassa fever and others were present even before the 1960’s. We are just growing as the population grows, and the more people you have to disclose, the more people will come down with symptoms and signs of disease. ”
Also, Dr Iorhen Akase, the head of infectious diseases and the Head of Infectious Diseases at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos / Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, said Nigeria would continue to record cases of infectious diseases because the conditions of recurrence were widespread.
Akase said, “Circumstances that cause recurrent and recurrent diseases are many locally and globally. When COVID-19 arrived, we hoped it would open up opportunities for us to learn lessons, but lessons are quick to forget; people are more interested in moving on with their lives than in learning lessons and how to use that to avoid other events, but unfortunately, we have not learned anything; our health care system cannot provide basic human care.
“Our approach has not yet shown that we are educated as a country. Obviously, we have not heard the last of an outbreak.
Ideally, we should not have so many outbreaks of disease, or we may have a rare occurrence, but every time we are in a state of shock, it is clear that planning and preparation are not enough. ”
Onajole added that there is a need to improve the monitoring system to detect early diagnosis and treatment.