It’s easier to get monkeypox from s3x and kissing – Dr. Okoe Boye

Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, the CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), has warned Ghanaians to be cautious of endemic monkeypox.

Dr. Okoe Boye stated that having s3x and kissing are two of the simplest ways to obtain it while speaking on Metro TV in Accra.

All I can tell the public is that you’ve got to keep your hygiene very good. Usually, the general rule is that if your hygiene is good, you are less likely to come across such diseases.

“It’s a zoonotic disease. It means it normally harbors 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, the good news is that it is not too contagious. Honestly, there’s no need to 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 s3x, body contact and other things,” Dr. Okoe Boye said.

On Wednesday, June 8, the Ghana Health Service (GHS), through its Director-General Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, revealed that the nation has five cases of monkeypox on record.

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He said: “So far since the outbreak in Europe occurred, we have 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.

Through direct contact with bodily fluids or lesions, a person might contract the uncommon but potentially dangerous viral infection known as monkeypox.


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