The fight against COVID-19 intensifies in the major cities of Cameroon. As measure to combat the deadly pandemic, screening was carried out in schools in Yaoundé and Douala, Cameroon’s political and economic capitals respectively. The mass testing which lasted for about a week saw a total of 204 positive cases amongst students and pupils. Over 13 schools benefited from the testing in Yaoundé and more than 5000 students were tested.
Cameroon’s minister of public health, Dr. Malaouda Malachi says sensitization campaigns will be carried out in schools. These campaigns, according to the minister will feature the distribution of fliers and leaflets carrying COVID-19 related messages. Schools in Cameroon were disrupted last year as a means to curb the spread of the the virus. Schools only resumed in the month of October. Since the announcement of the second wave of the deadly pandemic, students, especially those in Douala have been at the fore front of infection.
Although Cameroon has managed to fight the spread of the pandemic, it is clear that the plague is still very much present in the country. Herbal treatments like the Kleda- Vid by the Bishop Samuel Kleda have proven useful especially after its increase demand in other countries. The herbal treatment which is found in Catholic hospitals in Cameroon, though with no scientific backings has been widely used by Cameroonians.
According to statistics as of December 29 to 11 January, infection rate in Cameroon stands at 571. Bringing total cases to 27336 with 24892 recovered cases and 541 deaths. Globally 91.7 million cases have been recorded with 1.97million deaths. An overwhelming sum of 100billion Francs CFA has been reserved for the National Solidarity Fund against the COVID-19 pandemic. This was revealed by the minister of finance Louis Paul Motaze during the launching of the 2021 state budget at the Ebolowa Regional College, southern Cameroon. Critics hold that the money set aside to fight COVID-19 is rather too much as opposed to 50 billion set aside for farmers in the agro-pastoral domain.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit hard on the world’s economy and Cameroon is not left out. The Cameroon’s economy has almost been crippled as a result of the pandemic.