The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo says the Cameroon government is committed to the reduction of certain pandemics amongst which are cholera, Bird flaw and meningitis.
He was speaking at the start of a five day international conference on better response mechanism to economic out breaks organised in Yaoundé in partnership with the American government.
The Military’s ability to fight against pandemic has been described as a success over the years according to the African partner outbreak Alliance that organised the training session in Yaoundé.
The Minister delegate at the Presidency in charge of defence said, “Over the last four years our country has given the pride of place to partnerships based on the multilateral and multi sector approach with the aim of developing our health and security capabilities.”
Codifying the role of the military and health expertise in case of outbreaks will be at the centre of discussions during the meeting.
The head of the Scientific Commission of the African partner outbreak Alliance, Colonel Mpoudi Ngolle Etame explained that they examined the issues related to seeking if, “As a country are we able to deal with epidemics if they occur, especially if the epidemic is caused by a pathogen that is highly infectious and that can spread over the country in a short period. Or if it is an epidemic that highly lethal and will kill like the Ebola virus, what are we going to do to as a nations?”
They will also be seeking answers to when exactly military forces can intervene in case of an outbreak.
At the end of the session the experts will outline a formal and planned intervention of civilian and military parties in case of an outbreak. Military and health experts from different African countries are taking part in the conference.