Manaouda Malachie, Minister of Public Health in Cameroon has accused passengers who travelled into the country recently of irresponsible behaviour, after escaping quarantine.
Minister Malachie accuses them of increasing the number of persons infected with the deadly coronavirus, calling on them to ensure lives are protected.
113 persons have tested positive for the virus which hit the country early this month.
“I would like to point out that the majority of positive cases are people from countries at risk who hide in families. It is irresponsible,” Minister Malachie on tweeter early this Sunday.
“This is why, systematically denounce these travelers so that they come to be tested,” he added.
He further mentions the affected regions and number of cases reported.
-Douala: 13 positive out of 72
-Limbe: 01 positive out of 02
-Buea: 00 positive on 02
-For a total of 14 positives out of 76 tested in this series.
-A total of 113 positive cases to date in our country.
The Health Minister who is due to launch a campaign in Douala I’m the coming days with a team of health experts has called for vigilance.
Cameroonians are however worried that the figures advanced are untrue, accusing authorities of hiding facts and numbers.
Talking to Mimi Mefo Info this Sunday, one of them questioned the efficiency of the emergency team and numbers in place.
“Why should the emergency team be reluctant to pick my call…I know how I’m feeling… For the pass 12days I’m having fever with some related symptoms of covid19 pandemic. And I think me feeling it’s normal or it will be ok will way put my family and friends at risk I need assistance or maybe directions on what to do…Fever is always as a result of virus’s and bacteria I need medical assistance…I aswel have chest burn likely to be pneumonia Cought fever that’s enough reason for me to seek medical assistance”.
Mimi Mefo Info sought to know from a health expert, Dr Nick Ngwayam how efficient hotlines in Cameroon are.
Nick said the system is impeded by corruption, adding that, “Hotlines are not effective in Cameroon because our cities are not well planned and digging out people from the dungeons called cities can be very daunting…Also we have issues of responsibility on the part of those supposed to respond”.
He urged patients to make their way to emergency services if they unwell.
Mimi Mefo Info