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Tag: Cameroon

GOVERNMENT RESPONSE STRATEGY TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC (COVID-19)

SPECIAL STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER, HEAD OF GOVERNMENT

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In December 2019, the coronavirus outbreak was declared in the Wuhan Province of the People’s Republic of China.

Over time, it gradually spread to Asia, Europe and Africa, resulting in the death or quarantine of several people.

A few days ago, the World Health Organization announced that the coronavirus has gone from an epidemic to a pandemic, with over 170,000 cases in 146 countries, and about 6,500 deaths.

Cameroon, like many States in the world, is not spared by this pandemic. From the very first hours of its emergence, the Government implemented a prevention and response plan aimed at stemming the spread of this epidemic.

To date, 10 people have been diagnosed with this virus in our country and are being treated by specialised services.

It should be noted, however, that so far no local outbreaks of this epidemic have been recorded in Cameroon and the cases identified so far are persons who have recently been abroad or persons who have come in contact with them.

However, in the face of what now appears to be a global health crisis, the measures taken so far deserve to be strengthened to prevent the spread of this virus in our country.

Consequently, on the instructions of the Head of State, His Excellency Paul BIYA, an inter-ministerial consultation was held this Tuesday, 17 March 2020, to assess the situation and identify appropriate actions to be implemented.

At the end of this meeting, the President of the Republic instructed the following measures

 

As from Wednesday 18 March 2020, till further notice:

  1. Cameroon’s land, air and sea borders will be closed: consequently, all passenger flights from abroad will be suspended, with the exception of cargo flights and vessels transporting consumer products and essential goods and materials, whose stopover times will be limited and supervised: Cameroonians who wish to come back home should contact our diplomatic representations.

 

  1. The issuance of entry visas to Cameroon at the various airports shall be suspended

 

  1. All public and private training establishments of the various levels of education, from nursery school to higher education, including vocational training centres and professional schools, will be closed;
  2. Gatherings of more than fifty (50) persons are prohibited throughout the national territory;

 

  1. School and university competitions, like the FENASSCO and University games are postponed;

 

  1. Under the supervision of administrative authorities, bars, restaurants and entertainment spots will be systematically closed from 6 p.m.;

 

  1. A system for regulating consumer flows will be set up in markets and shopping centres;

 

  1. Urban and inter-urban travel should only be undertaken in cases of extreme necessity;

 

  1. Drivers of buses, taxis and motorbikes are urged to avoid overloading: law enforcement officers will ensure they comply;

 

  1. Private health facilities, hotels and other lodging facilities, vehicles and specific equipment necessary for the implementation of the COVID-19 pandemic response plan in Cameroon may be requisitioned as required, by competent authorities;

 

  1. Public administrations shall give preference to electronic communications and digital tools for meetings likely to bring together more than ten (10) people;

 

  1. Missions abroad of members of Government and public and para-public sector employees are hereby suspended;
  2. The public is urged to strictly observe the hygiene measures recommended by the World Health Organization, including regular hand washing with soap, avoiding close contact such as shaking hands or hugging, and covering the mouth when sneezing.

 

These are difficult but necessary measures to ensure the protection of each and every one and to limit the spread of this pandemic.

In case of need, the public is invited to call the toll-free number 1510 set up for the mobilization of rescue teams.

The Government calls on the public not to panic, but to show discipline, solidarity and a sense of responsibility at a time when the whole world is going through difficult times.

Thank you.-

COVID-19 and teenage girls

My name is Marie, a final year student in college. I began my academic year with all hopes that by this time I would be finalizing my revisions and preparations for the end of year exams. If only someone could have alerted me that the anxiously awaited 3rd term would be interrupted with restrictions to mobility and my daily commute to school and library will be curtailed. I am worried and concerned about the life of students like me in my community who rely on college library for empowerment and education.

 

 

 

My name is Samira, a young woman and medical student working with the elderly and persons with disability particularly women and girls. Each day I check and keep in touch with all these people, many of whom are vulnerable and susceptible to COVID19.Though it feels very scary knowing that the virus doesn’t distinguish between caregiver and care receiver. I continue to stay hopeful for the safety and health of all my patients including women and girls in need of reproductive services and care.

 

My name is Jordan. My observation and experience in the early weeks of the #CoronavirusLockdown in #Cameroon is that while some people took the preventive measures very serious, others overlooked some of the recommendations such as physical distancing in the public. Forgetting that coronavirus doesn’t discriminate in its attack. It doesn’t look at class, status, gender, sex or age. Though, it’s most likely that COVID19 is highly felt among the poor population because of their lifestyle and overcrowded environments. In addition, poor people, especially girls from poor families must be extra careful & given special attention at times like these.

I am Kinkoh Raissa.  COVID 19 has caused a lot of changes in my community. I see many women, especially single mothers who work in sales, marketing and hair dressing having difficult to make a living these days.  The #CoronavirusLockdown has caused scarcity and upsurge of prices of essential commodities. There is limited accessibility and availability of sanitary pads in most rural communities which now forces some girls to use their used clothes as sanitary pads while using some for facial masks.

My name is Sakinatou. When news around COVID19 pandemic broke, many of us in the Muslim community never imagined that there will come a time where there is total lockdown. We only began to understand the intensity when mosques in Saudi Arabia were closed. That is when some of our people started accepting that there is a disease because since creation no mosque in Saudi Arabia has ever been locked up. We faced the challenge of incorrect/false information. It became difficult to decipher the right information from wrong. Such disinformation is dangerous for a child who rely on education from their elders.

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