Public Health minister indicates that those with coronavirus symptoms and are hiding are liable to imprisonment

It is with frustration on the part of the minister of Public Health when the number of coronavirus contaminated cases keeps climbing, despite governments efforts and measures adopted to curb the spread.

In less than 24 hours coronavirus cases in Cameroon moved from 20 to 27.

There is no doubt that there will be new cases everyday, even the next day before this article goes public.

The virus to some others spreads more than wild fire.

To the public health boss, Cameroonians experiencing symptoms of the infection such as fever, runny nose, cough, and having being in contact with those from other countries with high rate of infection fail to take measure and to report themselves.

“It is up to me to note, to deplore it, that compatriots potentially presenting symptoms of cough, runny nose, fever, having been in contact with people likely to carry the Coronavirus, or returning from countries where COVID-19 is in active circulation, persist in staying with their families without reporting so that the screening measures are taken by the competent services ,  he wrote in a press release published this Friday, March 20, 2020.

This regrettable attitude of some Cameroonians prompted the minister to remind Cameroonians of a law which provides prison terms.

According to the law, those with any contagious disease who communicate it to others is subject to imprisonment.

The minister cited article 260 of the Cameroon penal code.

Article 260 states:  “Anyone who by his conduct facilitates the communication of a contagious and dangerous disease is punished by imprisonment for three months to three years”.

The minister calls on Cameroonians to collectively and individually curb the spread of the virus.

 Malachie Manaouda said Cameroonians should exercise “individual and collective responsibility to curb the chain of propagation of COVID-19 through early detection, by submitting to the required examinations”.