Cameroon being a developing country with limited resources (material and human) is facing difficulties containing the spread of the corona virus. Report from the Ministry of Public Health as of April 05, 2020 indicates that Cameroon has registered 650+ cases with 9 deaths, and 17 recoveries.
In order to limit the spread of this virus, the government of Cameroon has put in place 13 measures as listed below
1) Cameroon’s land, air and sea borders will be closed. Consequently, all passenger flights from abroad will be suspended with the exception of cargo flights and vessels transporting consumer products and essential goods and materials whose stop overtime will be limited and supervised.
2) The issuance of entry visas to Cameroon at the airport shall be suspended.
3) All public and private training educational establishments of various levels of education from nursery school to higher education, including vocational training centers and professional schools will be closed.
4) Gatherings of more than 50 persons are prohibited throughout the national territory.
5) School and university competitions like the university games which are supposed to be held in the days ahead are postponed.
6) Under the supervision of administrative authorities, bars, restaurants and entertainment spots will be systematically closed from 6pm.
7) A system for regulating consumer flows will be set up in markets and shopping centers.
8) Urban and inter urban travel should be only be taken in cases of extreme necessity.
9) Drivers of buses, taxis, motorbikes are urged to avoid overloading. Law Enforcement officers will ensure that they comply.
10) Private health facilities, hotels and other lodging facilities, vehicles and specific equipments necessary for the implementation of COVID-19 pandemic response plan in Cameroon maybe repositioned ad required by competent authorities.
11) Public administration shall give preference to electronic communication and digital tools for meetings that likely bring together more than ten people
12) Missions abroad of members of government, public and para public sectors, employees are hereby suspended.
13) The public is urged to respect and observe the hygiene measures recommended by the World Health Organization, including regular hand washing with soap, avoid contacts such as shaking hands and hugging and covering the mouth when sneezing.
He added that in case of emergencies, users are urged to call the toll free number 1510 and he concluded by urging the public not to panic. Source (dailynewscameroon.com).
Despite these measures put in place by the government to reduce the spread of the virus, the number of cases keeps increasing. This could be blamed on the unwillingness of Cameroonians to adhere to the measures put in place by the government. More so, market places are still overcrowded, social distancing not respected and some Cameroonians are escaping quarantine. A case in point is that of commerssaire Yogo’s wife who disrespected quarantine norms following her husband’s influential position as a commissioner in Cameroon. She and her husband were diagnosed positive to COVID-19. She later died leaving her husband in a critical health condition.