Cameroon, being in a continent which received the most apocalyptic terms with regards to the coronavirus, resisted and fought hard to ensure the health hazard does not break down the economy completely. However, the country has witnessed a steady rise in COVID-19 cases lately.
COVID-19 cases have spiked, with most infections coming from schools in Cameroon’s economic capital of Douala. According to Samuel Ivaha Diboua, the governor of Littoral Region, infection rate in the region stands at 5% from 2%. Reports states that a total of 24 students and 2 teachers have been tested positive of COVID-19. Meanwhile some parents, according to reports are not willing to collaborate with the authorities and school teachers. The governor in an outing to the concerned schools, stressed the need to respect barrier measures set aside by the Cameroon government and health bodies.
Measures to combat the spread of coronavirus have been relaxed in Cameroon. The putting on of face mask have gradually become the thing of the past in Cameroon. According to the traders of the Buea main market, Southwest, Cameroon, wearing face mask hinders them from breathing freely while others hold the opinion that COVID-19 does not exists in Cameroon, to start with. Crowded places such as markets likewise schools remain a fertile ground for the transmission of this deadly virus. It is worth mentioning that schools were forced to close their doors because of COVID-19 back in March 2020.
The Cameroon government through the ministry of public health has called on the Cameroonian population to respect COVID-19 measures as total of 318 new cases were recorded nation wide bringing confirmed cases to 2,421, 21510 recoveries and 433 deaths since March. According to the Ministry of Health, recovery rate is at 90%, fatality stands at 1.9% with severity rate at 1.25% and bed occupancy rate at 1.3%.
Days back, biopharmaceutical giant, Pfizer and /BioNTech announced the discovery of COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine according to report is 90% effective in protecting people from transmitting the virus. Russia had also announced the discovery of a vaccine some weeks ago. As a result of this fundamental leap by health experts, there is renewed hope for humankind once again. The born of contention now is at the level of the supply of the vaccine to various countries. It is already a known fact that countries with high incomes levels will have disproportionate access to the vaccine as compared to low income levels countries. This is very disturbing because these countries may continue to lose their citizens to this virus because of their financial statues. It is worth noting that, African countries like Cameroon and Madagascar had earlier on announced the discovery of COVID-19 vaccine. Cameroon’s Archbishop, Samuel Kleda, announced a few months back that he had discovered the cure to the deadly virus. Kledavid, as he calls his cure, has reportedly cured people suffering from COVID-19. The bishop’s vaccine has however failed to attain global certification as expert say Kledavid has no scientific bases.