Speaking Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the South West Regional Delegate for Public Health, Dr. Ebongo Zacchaeus Nanje said the suspects manifested majority of the symptoms of Coronavirus. He adds that samples were collected from the suspects and sent to Yaoundé for examination.
With results now awaited, the people of the South West are holding their breath given that the three suspects, two in Buea and one in Limbe, are known to have recently travelled to COVID-19 hit countries. Their contacts are now being traced.
Dr. Ebongo told local tv, HiTV Cameroon that plans are far advanced to secure a 3,000 metres square piece of land near the regional hospital where there will construct a COVID-19 patient camp. It is here that suspected cases and patients will be quarantined.
With no fewer than 70 known positive cases, one death and hundreds of suspected cases under quarantine, Dr. Ebongo says we are heading towards a potential disaster given that the restrictive measures rolled out by government are not being respected by the population.
The South West Regional Delegate of Public Health says the region is just from handling cases of cholera in the Bakassi area and is battling with 51 other cholera cases in Tiko Subdivision. As such, he calls on government departments to ensure that potable water is made available to the entire population.
I have been talking to the municipal authorities to ensure that water is made available to the people, Dr. Ebongo said.
In the meantime, the Governor of the South West Region Bernard Okalia Bilai has called for greater vigilance and increased physical hygiene from everyone in the region.
With confirmed cases in Africa rising at a rate of approximately 26 percent per day, time is of the essence if Africa is to avoid the worst effects of the pandemic. While nearly two-thirds of affected African countries thus far have reported only imported infections, slowing the exponential expansion of the virus will increasingly rely on reducing in-country transmissions, the Africa Center for Strategic Studies says.
Cameroon has however ramped up measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, including closing its borders, schools and restricting gatherings of more than 50 persons among other restrictions for a 15-day period renewable.