Disregard alleged case of Monkeypox – WR Health Directorate

The Western Regional Health Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), has told the public to disregard analleged case of Monkeypox reported in the Ahanta West municipality.

In a release signed by the Regional Director, Dr Yaw Ofori Yeboah, it explained that, an individual reported to a facility in Ahanta West with blisters, but the initial assessment of the case did not suggests it was Monkeypox.

“The Western Region has not recorded any case of Monkeypox. Further investigations are underway. The Regional Health Directorate has enhanced its surveillance activities and will continue to provide the public with timely updates on the issue,” it assured.

The GHS issued the statement on Tuesday, following trends on social media that Ahanta West had reported thefirst case of Monkeypoxin Ghana, generating much conversation in the area and the entire media space in the Western Region.

Monkeypox, the Ghanaian Times gathered, this month, had become a public health issue as health officials and experts in the West Midlands in the United Kingdom are monitoring the situation.

Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of pox-like disease occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research, hence the name‘monkeypox.’

Records spoke about the first human case reported in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1970.

FROM CLEMENT ADZEI
BOYE, TAKORADI

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