According to Dr. Titus Beyuo, general secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), public education on the Marburg and monkeypox epidemics in Ghana needs to be improved.
In addition to educating the public, he stressed that in order to stop the sickness from spreading, the affected regions must be quickly quarantined.
Speaking on Saturday, August 6, on TV3’s Key Points, he remarked:
“public education is needed, let’s contain it where it is, do the necessary contact tracing, provide the personal protective equipment.”
He added “Covid spreads easily than Marburg, but we must keep our eyes on all. Monkeypox spread like Covid but not as deadly.”
Since the disease originally spread throughout Ghana, one person has died from monkeypox.
The case was suspected, but the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) confirmed it on Friday, July 22, in the Upper East Region.
“This is the first confirmed case in the region,” Upper East Regional Director of Health Services Dr. Emmanuel Kofi Dzotsi said in a statement over the weekend.
“The confirmed case was seen on the 22nd July, 2022 at the Upper East Regional Hospital, with a history of fever and skin rash.
“Unfortunately, the [patient] died on 26th July 2022.
“Samples were taken on the 22nd of July 2022 for confirmation at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in Accra. We received feedback on the 28th of July, 2022, indicating the sample tested positive for the Monkeypox disease.”
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