Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), has warned Ghanaians to be aware of the monkeypox outbreak.
He stated that, while it is not as lethal or infectious as COVID-19, it is a challenge.
On Wednesday, June 8, the Ghana Health Service (GHS), through its Director-General Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, revealed that the country had five instances of monkeypox.
“So far since the outbreak in Europe occurred, we tested 12 suspected cases in Ghana since 24 May. Currently, we have confirmed five cases in three regions – Eastern, Western and Greater Accra – this is where we discovered the five cases, no death has occurred among the cases here,” he said.
“One of the cases has been recorded in a Ghanaian who travelled to the US from Ghana, he might have picked it from here,” the GHS boss added.
Dr. Okoe Boye, speaking on Metro TV in Accra, said one of the simplest ways to obtain it is through intercourse and kissing.
All I can advise the public is that you must maintain excellent hygiene. The general rule is that if you maintain adequate cleanliness, you are less prone to get such diseases.
“It’s a zoonotic disease. It means it normally harbors in animals, so when your condition is very filthy, you are likely to come into contact [with it].
“The second thing is that, unlike Covid, which is highly contagious, this one, the good news is that it is not too contagious. Honestly, there’s no need for panic.
“It is gotten through close contact. Close meaning that body to body either through hugging, kissing, coming to contact fluid from the other person or exhaled air…when you are in a closed space like this…air condition.”
“So it’s not strictly respiratory like Covid. This one can be spread through sex, body contact and other things,” Dr. Okoe Boye said.