The United States has debunked the rumour of having a connection with the recent outbreak of monkeypox in Nigeria
This was contained in a release by an Information Specialist at the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General, Temitayo Famutimi, on Monday.
The statement was issued in reaction to claims that the U.S. government was using some laboratories under its control to spread monkeypox disease in Nigeria.
The embassy said the sponsors of such claims have also called on the
World Health Organisation (WHO) to investigate these laboratories.
According to the statement, the collaborative work between Nigeria and the United States has provided opportunities for technical assistance in capacity building, equipment, commodities/consumables, and funding to critical public health programmes, hospitals, and laboratories.
All of these contribute greatly to the prevention and amelioration of global disease outbreaks.
The statement also states the commitment of the U.S. government to continually support Nigerian health authorities with technical assistance and funding to tackle disease outbreaks such as COVID-19 and monkeypox, among others.
“We will continue to collaborate with the Nigerian government on the ongoing global monkeypox and COVID-19 outbreaks and intensity support to Nigeria in other areas on which we have proudly partnered over the years, such as HIV epidemic control, tuberculosis eradication, malaria elimination, prevention of vaccine-preventable disease, and enhancing food and nutrition”.