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Monkeypox disease: Ghana records 84 confirmed cases and four deaths



Monkeypox disease: Ghana records 84 confirmed cases and four deaths

Ghana has confirmed 84 cases of Monkeypox diseases as of September 6, 2022, with Greater Accra Region recording the highest number for both suspected (191) and confirmed (51) cases.

As of September 6, 2022, Ghana had 84 confirmed instances of monkeypox disease, with the Greater Accra Region having the largest number of both suspected (191) and confirmed (51) cases.

Around addition, 535 suspected cases have been reported in the nation, spanning 38 districts and resulting in four fatalities—two in the Upper East and one each in the Greater Accra and Central Regions.

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This information was provided during a free online webinar (webinar) session on emerging viral infections and diseases with a focus on the monkeypox virus by Dr. Henry Nagai, the Chief of Party and Public Health Physician at the JSI Research and Training Institute, who also spoke on Ghana’s perspective.

The Global VAX Project is being implemented by the JSI in partnership with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in specific regions of the nation as part of USAID’s strengthening the Care Continuum Project.

The four-hour webinar was organized by the WHO Regional Office for Africa with the aim of supporting the continental response by promoting proactive steps from African leadership to combat the monkeypox pandemic, among other goals.

In the Western, Western North, and Ahafo Regions, the JSI and its implementing partners will use their current network to mobilize persons aged 15 and older, pregnant women, people living with HIV, people with disabilities, and migrant populations to obtain COVID-19 vaccines.

In a breakdown, Dr. Nagai explained 51 cases of the Monkeypox disease were recorded among males, constituting 60.7 per cent, saying the national case fatality rate also stood at 4.8 per cent.

So far, Bono region has recorded 16 suspected cases, Ahafo region (nine) suspected cases, Ashanti region (69) suspected cases, Bono East region (15) suspected cases, Central region (15) suspected cases, Eastern region (48) suspected cases and North-East region (four) suspected cases.

Northern region has recorded 24 suspected cases, Oti region (seven), Savannah region (seven), Upper East region (43), Upper West region (25), Volta Region (18), Western Region (11) and Western North region (3) suspected cases.

Dr Nagai said “some communities feel the Monkeypox is derogatory” and called on the WHO to consider changing the name of the disease to stem stigmatization and discrimination.

“WHO must listen, work hard and change the name of the disease now”, he stated, and lauded the contributions of the GHS and its partners for the support towards the fight against Monkeypox in the country.



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A 21-Year-Old Soldier Man Dies At Ashiaman.




A soldier belonging to the 3rd Battalion Infantry in Sunyani has been murdered in Tafia, a suburb of Ashaiman, in the Greater Accra region, on Friday, 3rd March 2023.

Imoro Sheriff, a 21-year-old boy was allegedly killed by a gang after he visited his girlfriend in the area.

Imoro, whose position could not be immediately verified, was attacked with knives and other weapons, immediately after leaving the girl­friend’s home.

It was said that Imoro usually visits his girlfriend anytime he goes to Ashaiman where he was born and raised.

When the Ghanaian Times visited the family home of Imoro, at Zongolika, a suburb of Ashaiman, on Monday, mourners were in a state of shock. The father of the deceased, Asa­nubu Imoro, confirmed the death of his son, saying he heard it via social media.

Asanubu Imoro said the son, who was based in Sunyani, Bono Region, informed him that he was attending a military programme in Accra and will visit family mem­bers on Friday.

“We were expecting him. When we called his number late into the night, there was no response. Somebody showed me a video and asked, do you know this man, that was when I identified my son.”

According to Asanubu Imoro, the military and other security agencies have been in close contact with the family as the investigation into the killing was ongoing.

When the Ghanaian Times con­tacted the Ashaiman Divisional Police Command concerning the incident, the authorities declined to speak on the matter, but indi­cated that 13 suspects had been arrested so far.
Source: Ghanaian Times.

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Mother Hangs Her Son and Herself at Ahanta West.




A young mother has committed suicide at Ajoa, a community in the Ahanta West Municipality of the Western Region. Before committing suicide, she hanged her son.

It is currently unknown what caused her to take her life and that of her son but eyewitnesses who interacted with the host of Connect FM’s Omanbapa morning show, Nhyiraba Paa Kwesi Simpson, narrated that they met the lifeless, bodies of the young mother and her son in the early morning of Wednesday, January 2023.

“We came to work in the building as laborers and saw the lifeless body of the lady and her son when we got there,” an eyewitness by name of Nana Yaw said.

“She could be in her early twenties whilst her son would be around four years. We don’t know where they come from and we don’t know any of their family members. They are still there on the ropes,” Nana Yaw added.

From the images available, the young parent is seen hanged whilst her son’s hand is tied with a rope in a sad situation.

  • “Information I have gathered is that residents around the community saw the young lady begging for money with her son yesterday around 4:00 pm. Nobody saw them again until this morning when we saw them dead in the uncompleted building. We do not know her in this community so we believe she came from somewhere else,” Assembly member for Ajoa, Robert James Yankey, indicated.
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