Cameroon has the technical and human ability to fight the Coronavirus.
According to Dr. Manaouda Malachie, Cameroon has the technical and human means to fight back. These include a pandemic influenza preparedness plan.
The Coronavirus that appeared in China in December 2019 continues to spread to several countries around the world. As of January 29, the epidemic had 5,970 confirmed cases across the country. If Cameroon has
so far been spared by the epidemic, we must remain cautious because it is deadly. At least that is what Manaouda Malachie, the Minister of Public Health, says.
“The risk is moderate with regard to Cameroon (…). However, we should not believe that we are safe from the possible importation of this virus. It is therefore essential that we are prepared. From where the measures
which we decreed at the end of a consultation with the parts and the various actors of the Cameroonian health system”. He said on January 28, 2020, on the national post of CRTV.
According to the Government Official, the State of Cameroon takes the Chinese coronavirus very seriously. The first step was to ensure the probable early detection of cases that would arise. For example,
the Head of state has instructed epidemiological surveillance to be extended throughout the national territory. Particularly at airport and port entry points. “We want to appeal to anyone who has a cough or difficulty breathing.
Having stayed in China. Or simply having had to contact with someone who has stayed in China within fourteen days of the onset of symptoms, to come to our health centers, “said Manaouda Malachie. “We have set up
a toll free number. 1510 you can call on, “he adds.
Means of Response
If ever a case is revealed, Cameroon has the technical and human means to fight back. These include a pandemic influenza preparedness plan. “We have the human resources available. Logistics and we have
identified certain health facilities that can take care of these cases ”. Reassures the boss of health in Cameroon.
By Subiru Madina