COVID-19 : Cameroon welcomes the first baby born to a patient

The first baby born to a  woman infected with the Coronavirus has been reported in Cameroon. This unique birth comes alongside 103 new cases recorded on April 5 . 

The country now counts 658 cases , 17 recoveries, and 09 deaths.

Public Health Minister, Dr. Manaouda Malachie, announced the birth of the baby via a tweet, on April 5, 2020 .

As he broke the news, the Public Health boss congratulated “Dr. Yaneu and his team for this exploit at the Isolation unit”.

The baby was born at 11Pm , at the isolation unit of the Yaounde Central hospital, where the teenage mum is currently being treated for the disease.

Medical doctors and the baby at the Isolation Unit

Since the pandemic broke out in December 2019, this is the first baby born to a COVID-19 infected mum.

The fifth region affected

As confirmed cases soar, the South region has become the latest region to report confirmed cases .

All the five affected regions include; Centre, Littoral, South West, West, and the South region .

But the rapid increase in the figures has forced  public health authorities to expand reception capacities of hospitals, and set up new treatment centers.

The Yaounde Military Stadium is one of the new treatment centers currently being set up to receive hundreds of patients.

At the same time, health workers have intensified the massive search for active cases nationwide.

All health sectors including the civil society, scientific communities, religious authorities and traditional leaders are jointly working  to stem the spread of the Coronavirus.

Kathy Neba Sina

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