Financial support to the National Solidarity Fund, has now gone above FCFA 2 billion. The National Solidarity Fund was created by President Biya in March 2020, to fight COVID-19 in Cameroon.
Figures of the contributions are contained in a press release signed by the Public Health Minister, Dr. Manaouda Malachie, on July 28.
Five months after the creation of the National Solidarity Fund , donors have been able to pull together the sum of FCFA 2 047 117 287 billions.
The figure comes as Cameroon’s cases rise to 17,255 confirmed cases,15320 recoveries and 386 deaths .
Dr. Manaouda Malachie’s press release carries a complete list of donors and their donations, in cash and in kind.
The financial and material donations including masks, hand stations, sanitary kits and detergents have come in from private individuals, embassies, entrepreneurs, politicians , senators, political parties, banks, multinational companies, members of government, the elections governing body, ELECAM and Non governmental Organizations.
Why was the National Solidarity Fund created ?
The Head of State ordered the creation of the National Solidarity Fund on March 30, to fight the highly infectious Coronavirus disease in Cameroon.
President Biya then took the lead , and credited the account with an initial deposit of FCFA 1billion.
Addressing the nation on the eve of Cameroon’s National Day, during the heart of the pandemic, President Biya recalled why the solidarity fund was created.
” As you are aware, following the outbreak of the pandemic in our country, a Special National Solidarity Fund to Fight the Coronavirus has been set up, in addition to the protective measures I have already mentioned. I have taken measures, within the limits of existing resources, to ensure its initial replenishment with the sum of one billion CFA francs. Additional resources could be provided depending on changing needs on the ground.” President Paul Biya
Five months on, the Public Health Minister says the contributions have played a key role in fighting the disease in Cameroon.
Kathy Neba Sina