Monkeypox victim commits suicide in Bayelsa

A victim of Monkey Pox receiving treatment at the
quarantine centre in the Niger Delta University
Hospital (UNDTH) Okolobiri, has committed

It was gathered that the victim, whose name was
not disclosed took his life in the early hours of

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

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).

He expressed regret that the patient took his own
life despite speedily recovering from the disease.
He said the deceased medical history did not
suggest any mental illness or features of
He maintained that the patient did not die from the
Monkey pox disease.
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.
He said the examination wound determine “if there
were undisclosed mental illness or personal family
problem that could have justified the suicide”.
Etebu 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.
On his part, Iworiso-Markson on his part urged
residents to continue to use preventive measures
and ensure they avoid bushmeats and other
causes of the disease.

Iworiso-Markson on his part urged residents to
continue to use preventive measures and ensure
they avoid bushmeat and other causes of the
The Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Police
Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, confirmed the
development, saying the matter had been reported
to the police.

He, however, said the police were not suspecting
any foul play , noting that there were no visible
marks of violence other than the rope he tied
around his neck. 

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