New figures have revealed that more than 800 persons have tested positive for Covid-19 in the West Region of Cameroon within the months of January and February. The statistics were revealed today by the First Semester Health Coordination Meeting for the West in Bafoussam, chaired by the Secretary General of the West Governors office.
A mass disinfection process was today carried out in all Nursery Schools of the Douala I Municipality. The disinfection campaign has been launched amidst a recent controversy and tale of opposition between the Mayor of the Municipality and the Regional Delegate for Basic Education on whether these schools should be locked up or not; to prevent COVID-19 spread amongst the pupils.
As part of activities for the celebration of International Women’s Day on the 8th of March,close to 90 female university researchers from 12 African countries are meeting in Yaoundé. The purpose of the meeting is using academic research to impact the world positively.
The Mayor of Douala II has launched a campaign to sensitise traders in her municipality on how and why they have to pay taxes. Denise Fampou has been sharing sensitisation messages. Traders have appreciated the idea by indicating that it will save them pains of money extortion by unscrupulous tax collectors.
Agents of Douala City Council have raided items of some roadside traders at Bonapriso. The action follows resistance of the traders to quit road pavements as demanded by the city council. The campaign in Douala is to reduce accidents and unnecessary traffic congestion .
War against urban disorder has been launched in Yaoundé V Sub-Division. The Mayor, Augustine Mbala, has promised to crack down on those littering roads in the municipality . The project is to maintain hygiene and sanitation and possibly reduce risk of diseases.
Two suspected human traffickers are still in the hands of the gendarmerie in Limbe, South West region of Cameroon. They were caught enroute to Nigeria with 26 children of between 7 and 14 years. The two women arrested are from Ndian Division, in the South West.
A man has been arrested and detained in Buea for allegedly raping and impregnating a 13-years old girl. The man in question is a primary school teacher, and the little girl is an Internally Displaced Person from Osing, Manyu Division and has been residing in the teacher’s house for a considerable period of time.
Security officials of the Bui Division in the North West REGION, have revealed that they were able to neutralise over 12 separatist fighters from their camps in the region. They also presented to the public some weapons which they seized from these fighters. Two military officers were reportedly killed during this operation.
Nigerian children traumatised after their abduction need urgent and specialised help to recover from their ordeal, UN experts say. Their statement comes a day after 279 girls were released following their recent kidnapping from a school in north-western Zamfara state. It was the third school kidnapping since December in northern Nigeria by criminal gangs known to demand ransoms. In all three cases the pupils have now been freed.
Prominent Senegalese opposition politician Ousmane Sonko has been arrested, his lawyer says. He is accused of disturbing public order in the capital, Dakar, as he travelled to court for a hearing in a rape case. His motorcade was followed by hundreds of chanting supporters, who were dispersed by police with teargas.
Nigeria has announced a ban on mining and a no-fly zone in the north-western state of Zamfara as part of efforts to clamp down on notorious criminal gangs often involved in kidnapping. Mining activities are believed to offer cover to these groups, which often invade communities and abduct villagers – many of them for ransom. Last week, 279 girls were kidnapped from their boarding school before being released on Tuesday. It is suspected that powerful figures engaged in illegal artisanal mining are arming the gangs.
Rwanda has received its first batch of Covid-19 vaccine doses from the UN-backed Covax distribution initiative which it will use to immunise people identified as priority risk groups. The country received 240,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, and with a further 102,960 doses of Pfizer vaccine expected to arrive later in the day, according to the health ministry. Doses of the two vaccines would be used to immunise a total of 171,480 from Friday, the ministry said.
At least five people, including a pregnant woman, have been killed in Burkina Faso when the ambulance they were travelling in was destroyed by a landmine. The ambulance was carrying the woman, her husband, a girl and two other women. Officials say the incident happened in Gaskindé, close to the border with Mali – an area that has seen repeated attacks by militants linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.