COVID-19 : Special treatment centres that will flatten the curve

Government has created 8 special COVID-19 treatment centers in Cameroon to ensure an effective management of the 1430 confirmed cases in Cameroon.

Six weeks after the first two cases were reported , the recent figures show  668 recoveries, 692 active cases , 120 hospitalized and 20 others on respiratory assistance .

Cameroon’s Prime Minister, Joseph Dion Ngute, disclosed the functional modalities of these centers in a press release on April 20, 2020.

Accordingly, the special COVID-19 centers in Yaounde, Douala, Garoua, Limbe and Bafoussam will henceforth receive confirmed cases for treatment.

The treatment centre at the Yaounde Military Stadium

Yaounde – The Military stadium

– Orca Premises ( Mvog Mbi)

Douala – The Mbappe Leppe stadium

– The Low Cost Housing structures at Yassa

Garoua – The Roumde Adja stadium

Limbe – Middle Farms stadium

Bafoussam – The Bafoussam Low Cost Housing structures

– The Toket stadium

Makeshift Rest rooms  at the Yaounde Military stadium

Nonetheless,  more centers will be created in other localities as the need arises.

Why Were The COVID-19 Treatment Centres Created?

Public Health authorities recently announced that the management of the #COVID-19 health crisis in Cameroon will be decentralized.

To facilitate the decentralization process, the 8  COVID-19 treatment centers have been created to provide health care, and the follow-up of patients in the respective regions.

Before now, COVID-19 patients were treated in only four hospitals ; Yaounde’ s Central and General hospitals , the Bafoussam District hospital and the Laquintinine hospital in Douala.

Activities of the Centres will be coordinated by the chief of the centre, assisted by two deputies, recently appointed by the Public Health Minister .

These Centres also become annexes of hospitals, and other structures in these regions where COVID-10 patients are treated.

The Special COVID-19 Centres have been placed under the technical and administrative supervision of Central and regional hospitals in the host regions.

All 8 special treatment centers are subject to the laws that govern the organization, and functioning of public health structures in Cameroon.

These treatment Centers will automatically cease functioning when COVID-19 will have been eradicated in the country.

 

Kathy Neba Sina

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