The Ghana Health Service, GHS, has confirmed the death of one person from Monkeypox in the Bolgatanga Municipality of the Upper East Region.
A total of 13 people who are believed to have come into contact with the victim are being monitored by the GHS.
The Regional Directorate of the Service made this known in a statement.
The Upper East Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Emmanuel Kofi Dzotsi, noted that the confirmed case was identified after an investigation of three suspected Monkeypox cases on July 22, this year.
Samples were taken on the 22nd of July 2022 for confirmation at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in Accra.
He noted that the directorate received feedback on the 28th of July, this year indicating the sample tested positive for the Monkeypox disease.
Dr. Dzotsi indicated that the Directorate has initiated measures to contain any further spread of the disease.
He stated that the Directorate has increased its surveillance of Monkeypox disease through awareness creation and has activated all health emergency response teams to contain the disease.
Dr. Dzotsi appealed to residents in the region to avoid all forms of body contact and report cases of fever and skin rashes to the nearest health facility.
The GHS earlier stated that Greater Accra, Ashanti, Bono, Bono East, Eastern, and Upper West had also recorded some cases.
On Saturday, the World Health Organization, WHO declared the Monkeypox disease a global Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
The classification is the highest alert that the WHO can issue and follows a worldwide upsurge in cases.