According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), the number of confirmed cases of monkeypox has climbed from five in the most recent update to 18, or 25.0%.
The 72 suspected instances of monkeypox that were being investigated as of June 17, 2022, according to Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director General of the GHS, included the confirmed cases.
During a press conference in Accra to present a recent update on public health outbreaks in the nation, Dr. Kuma-Aboagye stated that the last case of monkeypox was verified on June 14.
He stated that the Greater Accra, Ashanti, Bono, and Eastern regions all have confirmed instances. The infected individuals’ ages range from nine months to 41 years old, and there have been no reported fatalities.
The Director General noted that 61% of those affected were men and 39% were women, and that Ghana was now coping with a number of public health issues, including COVID-19 and monkeypox.
In order to stop the spread of these illness epidemics, he advised the public to ensure early reporting to medical facilities for accurate diagnosis and treatment, and to carefully abide by all current COVID-19 rules of hand cleanliness, indoor wearing of nasal masks, and social separation.
For monkeypox, experts advise prevention because, although a vaccine recently licensed by certain nations for which supplies were scarce, it was not yet accessible in Ghana.
Headaches, muscular and backaches, generalized weakness, and a rash with blisters on the face, hands, feet, body, eyes, mouth, or genitalia were among the symptoms of monkeypox.