COVID-19: South West Region Records 13 cases of the Coronavirus in Cameroon

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Dr Ebongo Zacheus Nanje, South West Regional Delegate of Public Health speaking during an evaluation meeting in Buea

13 cases of the
coronavirus have been confirmed in the South West Region of Cameroon. A total
of 222 cases have been tested for COVID-19 in the region. Limbe has five
confirmed cases, seven cases recorded in Buea (upward from one case), and Kumba
has recorded its first case of the virus. The Region so far has one dead, that
was exported to Douala.

2 out of the 12
active cases in the Region are healthcare personnel. The case fatality rate of
the COVID-19 stands at 8.3 per cent. The mean age so far for the confirmed
cases ranges from 29 to 54.

These statistics
were presented by the Regional Delegate of Public Health for the South West
Region, April 21, during an evaluation meeting chaired by the Governor of the
Region to ascertain the level of preparation against the virus.

Some of these
patients are being treated at the Buea Regional Hospital specialized COVID
Centre, with the help of Doctors without Borders. Those who develop
cardiovascular complications were sent to Douala where the recovery rate is
very encouraging, according to officials. 

Mayor of Buea, Barrister David Mafani Namange

“We are
stepping up our control measures, firstly implementing the twenty measures put
in place by the state, and at the level of the Region we are improving on
contact tracing to this 13 positive cases, and also trying to improve on the
case management,” Dr Ebongo Zacheus Nanje, South West Regional Delegate of
Public Health told the press.

“Two
testing centres have been made available to carry out testing. UB has enough
qualified staff to man the centre, and should they need support the Ministry of
Health will send backups. CBC hospital in Mutengene also has a qualified team
to step in.”

The Buea Council
has intensified their efforts as they continue to educate the population on the
coronavirus. Speaking to Pan African Visions, the Mayor Barrister David Mafani
Namange said they are using the mobilization and sensitization van, and using
the media. “I think the population is adhering to what we are doing.
adding to the handwashing points that we have put in place, many business
owners have copied and instituted their at their worksite.”

“We have
produced close to ten thousand locally made masks that we have distributed, to
the Central and Upper Farms Prisons. We have equally produced another batch
which in the days ahead will be distributed. We have partnered with other
persons to continue producing and distributing these masks to the
population.”

To carter for
patients, a full-fledged treatment centre has been made at the disposal of the
Region in Limbe. At first, complicated cases had to be taken to Douala which
increased the chances of people dying.

“In the
days ahead some tents, and medicalized cubicles will be mounted at the Middle
Farms Stadium for patients to be received and treated completely for the
coronavirus. Considering the geographical location of the South West, we think
we are doing our best to keep the numbers to their bearest minimum, compared to
if nothing was being done” Dr Ebongo Zacheus said.

“COVID-19
is a reality, we should keep barrier measures, stay at home if you feel sick
and call the number put in place for that, wash hands regularly, and above all
wear face masks when going out to the public and in so doing you will
protecting your love ones and the community as a whole.”

source: https://panafricanvisions.com/2020/04/covid-19-south-west-region-records-13-cases-of-the-coronavirus-in-cameroon/

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