The Federal Government has described as fake and sinister the report that the outbreak of Monkey Pox in some parts of the country resulted from the alleged free medical care by the government in the affected areas.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued in Abuja, said Nigerians should disregard the report which, apparently, is being spread by some unscrupulous persons to fit into a sinister agenda.
The statement described MonkeyPox as a virus found only in monkeys and it is rare in human beings. It belongs to the same family as Chicken Pox and Smallpox.
The Minister said it is suspected that someone may have contacted it by eating monkey meat, thus triggering the current outbreak. He assured that no effort would be spared in curtailing the spread of the disease.