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GHANA CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING THREE OUTBREAKS: MONKEYPOX, INFLUENZA A H3, AND COVID-19.

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The Ghana Health Service has indicated that Ghana is currently battling three outbreaks in the country (Covid-19, influenza, and Monkeypox). This was made known during a press briefing on Wednesday, 8th June.

Covid-19 Surge

According to the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Ghana has seen a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the last few weeks with active cases now at 400 with Omicron being the dominant variant. The rise in cases is attributed to events like school outbreaks and workplace-related events which most of the cases are largely from the Greater Accra region. Even though there has been a rise in the number of cases, there are no severe or critical cases.

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Flu Incidence

Dr. Kuma-Aboagye speaking on the flu incidence said about 3460 samples were tested and 773 were confirmed as Influenza A(H3) positive. The first case was seen in January in the eastern region and surged in April. Currently, all the regions have reported cases except Upper East, Upper West, and North East regions. He advised the public to follow Covid-19 control measures for preventing influenza including hand hygiene, social distancing, use of face masks, and other preventive measures.

Monkeypox Outbreak

According to the Ghana Health Service, Ghana has confirmed 5 cases of monkeypox in three regions namely Eastern, Greater Accra, and Western. The cases were confirmed out of 12 suspected cases that were investigated from 24th May 2022. So far, no death has been recorded in the cases.

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