Over 100 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Cameroon. This has brought the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country to 1,334. This was revealed by Dr Malachie Manouda.
The Minister of Public Health Dr. Malachie Manaouda also revealed that 668 persons have recovered from the novel corona virus. He revealed this statistics during an inter-ministerial meeting held through video conferencing on Thursday, April 23, 2020. This meeting was held to monitor Government response strategy against COVID-19 pandemic in Cameroon. It was chaired by the Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute and it presented an opportunity for other ministers to present measures put in place by them with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the recoveries registered, the ministers in charge of education also revealed preparations made for the possible resumption of schools on June 1.It can be recalled that on Wednesday, 22, April 2020, the number of recovered cases recorded was 379, thus Cameroon has made an increase in 289 new recoveries in a single night.
As COVID-19 cases increase in Cameroon, the government of Cameroon has stepped up on its fight against the novel virus. In Maroua 1 Sub Division, many hospitals have been closed for not meeting up with medical standards. Out of the 11 units that were visited only 1 was in conformity as explained by Dr. Minang. He added that some facilities did not have documents, while some hospital authorities escaped before the team got there. He stated that some facilities were in a poor state and their equipments were lacking. Some nurses did not respect COVID-19 measures as they were not putting on mask before consulting patients. The operation termed “Clean the Health Sector” will be extended to other areas. More hospitals will be closed if they don’t meet up to standards. This is just one of the many measures to check the COVID-19 pandemic in Cameroon. Transport sectors in Maroua are checked to ensure passengers wear masks. Overloading is also checked and defaulters are punished.
In the South Region, the Chief of Kulong Palace says he is implementing government measures to fight corona virus. He does not welcome any visitors in his palace and make sure everyone washes their hands frequently. He handed preventive COVID-19 materials to villagers and educates them. He makes them understand that, though they are farmers, they need to maintain proper hygiene so as to avoid contracting the virus.
Minister Atanga Nji has announced a special gift from the president to curb the spread of COVID-19. This gift consists of cubes of soaps, face masks, buckets with taps, respiratory masks etc. It will be distributed to all the 360 sub divisions through administrative authorities, who will supervise distribution in their respective sub divisions. He stressed that the gift is to curb the spread of the killer virus and not a gift for IDPS. Finally, special COVID-19 centers have been created in Douala, Yaounde, Bamenda and other parts of the country to take care of patients infected with COVID-19.