Cameroon is one of the countries badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, a disease which have ruthlessly claimed the lives of many and driven many countries into a series of curfews imposed by their governments, to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. In the wake of this dilemma, countries have explored different ways to prevent the spread of the virus. These discoveries have led to the re-emerging of traditional or homemade medicines to the lame light.
The Archbishop of the Douala Ecclesiastical Province Samuel Kleda, during a press conference in Douala, to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of Elixir COVID and Adask COVID which he proposed as a treatment to this killer disease made mention of the fact that, “this treatment is not only effective in Cameroon but to other countries in Africa and in Europe.” From March to September, 9071 patients went through the treatment protocol not only in Cameroon but in countries like USA, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Zambia, Gabon etc.” the bishop revealed.
The Bishop explained that because of how effective the treatment has been, he is ready to help other countries in need of this treatment. “The protocol therefore effectively treats the Covid-19 while respecting standards and the manufacturing process. The mixture is not toxic and has no side effects. No patient has ever felt unwell after taking the treatment. It should be noted that no deaths were recorded among the patients who took the treatment. Even patients on respiratory assistance recovered after taking the treatment”. The Archbishop also mentioned the fact that, possibilities of obtaining authorization from laboratories abroad to produce the treatment in order to meet up with the rising demand of this treatment is being looked at.
Results of Bishop Kleda’s treatment
The Kleda treatment has been able to treat several Cameroonians including medical staffs tested positive for the Covid-19. Back in April the clergy man stated that his 30 years of research on plants had enabled him come up with the COVID treatment. Also, in August this year, the Bishop declared that the COVID -19 pandemic has been defeated in Cameroon while speaking to the media in Douala, the economic capital of the Cameroon. According to his statistics, about ten thousand patients have recovered after using his COVID treatment while encouraging Cameroonians to still respect the measure put in place by the government of the country and World Health Organization to curb the spread of the virus. The treatment which has been made available in all Catholic hospitals in the adversity filled nation has continuously helped infected persons.
Cameroon’s COVID -19 situation
According to statistics from the Ministry of Public Health, as of September 10, the number of persons tested positive stood at 20,009 while recoveries 18, 837, which represents a 94.12% recovery rate while 415 deaths have been recorded so far. As part of positive cases, there are 742 active cases, including two under oxygen and 81 as in-patients. The bed occupancy rate stands at 2.5 percent, fatality rate 2.08 percent while the sternness rate stands at 0.26 percent, figures from the Ministry of Public Health show.
Dr Esso Linda said during daily briefing on Saturday September 12, 2020, that attention is now paid to helping various sectors slowly return to their normal activities as they were before. She stated the different measures put in place at the airport in anticipation to the complete reopening of borders would equally be applied to other sectors to ensure they return to their normal activities without the risk of a second prickle of the disease. “While reiterating our encouragements to the teams involved in the fight against the pandemic, I urge everyone not to give up, let us continue to persevere in the strict compliance with the barrier measures put in place by the government and the WHO”.
Effects of the pandemic to the population
Since the outbreak of this pandemic activities have been kept on a stand still as people fear from being infected. Schools were forced to stop, Markets closed temporarily, borders were close hindering movement of goods and persons especially those who bought from other countries like Nigeria, the decrease of demand in bars and restaurants as a result of social distancing and quarantine measures.
Recently, the price of tomatoes has drastically increased from FCFA 2000 a crate to FCFA12000 per crate. Consumers complain as four tomatoes are being sold for FCFA 200. This is due to the fact that, farmers abandoned the cultivation of tomatoes after boarders were closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The re-opening of boarders has witnessed an increase in demand and a decrease in supply causing the price to triple.
All this comes at a time when the measures put in place to fight Covid-19 have been eased by the government. Denizens are seen not wearing face mask in public places, Night clubs host more than 50 persons, funerals and weddings are held at will, with the number of attendees surpassing the maximum number imposed by the government. Numerous football competitions organized in the local municipalities by different sponsors witnessing and dragging huge crowd who totally defies the measure of physical distancing.