In the wake of the recent outbreak of Monkeypox in certain countries across the world, Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye has announced that the country has recorded 5 cases.
This was announced by the Director-General on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 when he addressed the media on the recent developments in the country’s health sector.
According to Dr. Kuma-Aboagye, the five cases were identified as a result of the testing of 12 cases suspected to be monkeypox. The cases were found in the Greater Accra, Western and Eastern Regions.
He further indicated that all the five cases are mild and moderate with no casualties adding that one of the cases was a Ghanaian who travelled to the US from Ghana.
Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye explained that, “I am sure of late we have had a lot of discussions on social media on monkeypox, and I think the most popular one was the one from the Western Region. That was negative; we tested and it was negative.
“So far, since the outbreak, we’ve tested 12 suspected cases in Ghana since May 24, 2022. Currently, we have confirmed five cases in three regions – Eastern, Western and Greater Accra. No deaths have occurred among the cases,” he said.
Commenting on the treatment for the viral infections, the Director-General said monkeypox is mainly treated with a vaccine. However, he added that the vaccines are currently not available in the country.
“I don’t think we have reached a stage where we have to call for vaccination of the cases. So, prevention is the key activity that we all must embark on and also early detection and reporting if we see any rash,” he added.
Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease caused by the Monkeypox virus. It is endemic in Nigeria and Cameroon. It is transmitted froman infected animals (squirrels, rats dormice, monkeys etc) and also from infected humans.
Symptoms can be very similar to those experienced by smallpox patients, although they are less clinically severe, albeit visually dramatic, with raised pustules and fever in the most severe cases that can last from two to four weeks.