Cameroon Records More Than 1,000 COVID-19 Deaths

Between March 2020 and April 2021, Cameroon has recorded over 1000 COVID-19 deaths and hopes to reduce the number as vaccination starts.

Cameroon has so far registered 1,107 deaths from the COVID-19 since the country recorded its index COVID-19 case in March last year.

According to figures released during the last cabinet meeting held Thursday, April 29, 72,200 COVID-19 cases have been detected so far in the country with 3,518 active cases in various health facilities. 

There are 142 COVID-19 patients now being taken care of in the special COVID-19 centres, 89 of whom are on oxygenation.

The regions most hit by the pandemic are Centre, Littoral, and the West. However, the number of deaths has been reducing in the last few days.

“The rate of positivity during the last three weeks has been dropping. Deaths have also dropped and so we have been registering a sort of stabilisation of the situation throughout the national territory,” Dr Manaouda Malachie, Cameroon’s Public Health Minister,  told the cabinet meeting.

“To some of us who are the most optimistic, we say we are even descending downwards in this second wave.”

As an illustration of the descending number of cases, the minister said in the sadly notorious Orca centre in Yaounde, “cases have reduced from 250-260 to 53 cases currently hospitalized there.”

This reassuring news comes on the heels of the national vaccination campaign recently launched in the country. 

The minister revealed that so far, 11,000 persons have already been vaccinated with one of the three vaccines -AstraZeneca, SINOPHARM and Sputnik 5- approved in the country.

The minister called on citizens to remain vigilant. 

“We want to be a little more vigilant. Our teams on the ground continue to reinforce the epidemiological surveillance of cases, they continue to reinforce training for optimal handling of severe and critical cases,” Dr. Malachie revealed.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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