Cameroon is one of the African Countries heavily affected by the Coronavirus. As of August 26, 2020, the number of infected persons stands at 19,142 persons, 411 reported dead and 17,651 recovered. Schools have been shut down while other preventive measures have been put in place by the government, to curb the spread of this disease, although some of the measures have been moderated.
In a meeting with the head of government PM Joseph Dion Ngute, Richard Bale mentioned to the media that Canada is helping Cameroon fight Corona virus for the second time with the sum of FCFA 420 Million. He mentioned that help was given to ensure the smooth opening of examination classes that took place in June this year.
Richard Bale the Canadian diplomat described to the Prime Minister the support from his country in different ways and he said, ”From our own experience in North America, when you re-open schools which is a necessary action to take during the pandemic, you also run some risks of seeing an increase in cases of the pandemic”. Richard Bale commended the efforts of Cameroon in fighting Covid-19.
Even though Bishop Samuel Kleda, the arch Bishop of the Douala Ecclesiastical province, who found a treatment for the virus, and is treating Corona virus patients, revealed recently that, Cameroon has defeated the dreadful virus, many medical experts were quick to rebut his claims. The government of Cameroon insists that, Cameroon is still under great threat of the virus and the Cameroonian people have to strictly adhere to the preventive measures put in place by the government.
It is worth mentioning that, Covi-19 has hit hard on almost all countries in the western world, Africa with Cameroon in particular. This sum is meant to assist with the reopening of schools in October 2020. Cameroon is not only faced by Covid-19 and its challenges but also have burning issues like the Anglophone Crisis which has been for almost four years in the English speaking regions of the Northwest and Southwest which has recorded a huge number of material damage as well as loss of human lives. The Anglophone Crisis has caused the displacement, killing of many and violation of human rights, the Boko Haram insurgency in the North and attacks from the rebels of Central Africa in the East. All of these coupled with the Covid-19 put the country in a confused state.