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Greater Accra Has 50% Of Monkeypox Cases

In Ghana, there are currently 34 confirmed cases of the monkeypox outbreak, with cases being reported in six regions of the country. The Greater Accra Region is where more than half of the cases are located. Greater Accra, Ashanti, Bono, Bono East, Eastern, and Upper West are the regions where the cases have been detected, according to the Ghana Health Service .

The World Health Organization classified the monkeypox outbreak a global Public Health Emergency of International Concern on Saturday, July 23, 2022. The categorization, which comes after a global spike in infections, is the highest alert the World Health Organization can issue. It was announced at the conclusion of the World Health Organization's emergency committee on the virus' second meeting.

The patients range in age from 9 months to 45 years old, with the most recent documented case being in Ghana on July 15th, 2022. According to the GHS, the majority of cases are male and no fatalities have been reported among cases.

The Ghana Health Service's Director General, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, stated that the WHO's preliminary case management guidelines are currently being distributed and that District Rapid Response Teams and Case Management Teams have been trained on monkey pox outbreak response measures during a press briefing in Accra on Sunday , July 24, 2022.

The Ghana Health Service is performing assessments in the impacted communities, contact tracing and follow-up, and enhanced education in schools and communities in partnership with the Veterinary Services Department.

Regarding the future, Dr. Kuma-Aboagye stated that Ghana's public health system is under strain due to a number of health issues and that there is a slight danger of a large number of cases of monkeypox, but it is not a serious concern.

He continued by saying that while there is a threat of the Marburg virus spreading, it is not very serious, and that following protocols and infection prevention and control strategies is still essential. He also recommended strengthening continuous surveillance activities for early detection and adequate containment.

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