No Confirmed Cases Of Monkeypox In Grenada

PR – Grenada’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shawn Charles says  there are no confirmed cases of monkeypox in Grenada at present. The CMO is seeking to clear the air on misinformation on social media following a government post-cabinet  media briefing earlier today. 

According to Dr. Charles, out of an abundance of caution and proactiveness, the Ministry  of Health, Wellness, and Religious Affairs, as per standard public health procedures and  protocols, has been randomly collecting and testing samples for the last four to five weeks. “We have been doing so of persons who presented with lesions and different  kinds of rash that could appear as monkeypox and this is no different”.  

Dr. Charles, an epidemiologist by training, told the Government Information Service “It is  very important to understand that there are many diseases that can cause a similar rash  and appear as monkeypox, such as chickenpox and impetigo, and because we know that  monkeypox is present in our region, the Ministry continues to be vigilant and test  individuals who seek care, simply because we do not want to miss it, and it is because of  our proactive approach, anyone presenting at our clinics with fever or a rash, we take  samples and test.” 

The CMO also reassured the public that, as per usual, all people suspected of monkeypox  are isolated. “As per our protocols, if an individual has only a mild disease and does not  need admission, they can be isolated at home. So a person does not necessarily have to  be in state isolation, meaning in government isolation, “he explained. 

He assured Grenadians that the Ministry of Health, Wellness, and Religious Affairs  continues to pay very close attention to the global and regional outbreak of monkeypox.  

From the time the global threat emerged, the Ministry moved swiftly into action by taking  several very important steps, including public education and sensitization, information  sharing with public health professionals who are responsible for public health  management, health promotions, and regional collaboration with the Caribbean Public  Health Agency (CARPHA). 

The Ministry of Health, Wellness, and Religious Affairs appeals to the public to refrain  from sharing inaccurate information, adding that this type of behaviour can cause  unnecessary public anxiety.