Two confirmed cases of the Covid-19, have been reported in Cameroon. Public Health Minister, Manaouda Malachie informed the public in two separate communiques on March 6, 2020.
Both patients are currently receiving medical care at the Isolation Unit of the Yaounde Central Hospital.
The French man
The first confirmed case is a French citizen, reported early this morning on the Facebook page of the Ministry of Public Health . He is a 56-year-old French man who travelled to Cameroon on February 24, 2020. The Minister says ” He is less contagious than others. So, we are optimistic that we can confine him, and go on with treatment”.
The second confirmed case reported this evening is a Cameroonian. According to Minister Manaouda Malachie’s communique, he has been in close contact with the French #Covid patient .
In the second communique, the Minister says that both patients have been quarantined and receiving treatment.
This is so far the second Cameroonian who has contracted the disease. Kem Senou Pavel Darly , a Cameroonian student in China was the first Cameroonian to contract the disease .
Cameroon records its first cases of the virus barely four days after the Minister visited the Nsimalen International Airport to assess screening of passengers from other countries.
On the same day, a joint WHO and Public Health press conference was organized to evaluate Cameroon’s strides in preventing the spread of the disease.
The Minister’s first reaction
After the confirmed cases were announced, the Minister called for more vigilance in an interview granted to the Cameroon Radio Television, CRTV.
” What we have to understand in simple terms is that the Coronavirus is a simple like an influenza which can happen anywhere, but there are factors for acceleration which are diverse. These confirmed cases are people who came from other countries, but who travelled not knowing what was happening to them. They arrived Cameroon on February 24, weren’t sick and weren’t running a temperature. There was no sign at all. It’s from the 27th that they began to feel feverish. But he is not coughing , hasn’t got runny nostrils , and is less contagious than others. So we are optimistic that we can confine him and go on with treatment. But it is good for the population to continue to strictly adhere to security rules, and not give in to panic. Above all, if someone feels sick, and suspects it could be the Coronavirus, they should not go to the 1510, and not go to the hospital. Health workers will pick him up from their residence, because not every health personnel can take care of a Coronavirus patient “. Public Health Minister, Manaouda Malachie.
How you can prevent the virus
Following the outbreak of the virus in December, the Public Health Ministry in collaboration with the WHO has come up with practical guidelines on preventive measures.
1) Wash your hands with water and alcohol based soap
2) Avoid eating raw meat and unnecessary contact with animals
3) Do not contact anyone if you feel symptoms
4) When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow
5) Take necessary precaution while traveling
6) Seek medical care early
To provide more information on the situation, the Public Health Minister will grant a press conference in Yaounde on Saturday March 7 at 11 am.
Over 100,000 confirmed cases of the dreaded virus have now been reported worldwide .
Kathy Neba Sina