#COVID19: Cameroon’s CBC Raises Alarm On Danger Of Second Wave

Parts of Cameroon are dealing with rising hospitalisations as the virus returns in full swing.

The Director of the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) health services has raised an alarm on the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Professor Tih Pius Muffih made the declaration in a “distress call” to all heads of institutions within the CBC health services dated Feb. 24, 2021.

“I wish to warn all of us that COVID-19 has come back very aggressively. More staff members have been infected in the last two weeks than were infected in the period March to Dec. 2020. This is not good news to us,” Professor Tih said.

The CBC Medical Director called on his collaborators to intensify barrier methods of preventing COVID-19, including wearing facemasks, washing hands, social/physical distancing, and frequent use of sanitisers.

“Test all patients for COVID-19 who are admitted in the wards,” Prof. Tih ordered, adding, “Test all staff who are not well, whether admitted or not.”

The Northwest region, where the CBC Health Directorate is based, has recorded a steep rise in the number of coronavirus infections within the past weeks.

Lele Lafrique, the region’s Governor, has revealed evidence of the second wave of the region’s pandemic.

“Worse of all, during the last 10 days, the Region recorded 116 positive cases of COVID-19 with 5 COVID-19 related deaths,” the Governor revealed.

“The cumulative statistics for COVID-19 in the Northwest Region are as follows: 1,189 Persons tested positive, with 935 recoveries, 173 active cases on treatment, and unfortunately 81 deaths with 40 occurring in health facilities and 41 in communities.”

Governor Lele said Mezam, Boyo, Donga Mantung, and Ngoketunjia Divisions have the most COVID-19 cases.

“The City of Bamenda still constitutes the epicentre of the pandemic with the highest number of cases reported,” he said.

He regretted that many people no longer respected the COVID-19 prevention protocols prescribed by the government and the World Health Organisation.

“I am therefore calling on the stakeholders in the Northwest Region, especially media professionals and bloggers, to step up sensitisation of the population on the strict respect of barrier measures against COVID-19, such as the systematic wearing of facemasks when leaving the house, handwashing with soap and running water, maintenance of social distancing at all times,” the Governor advised.

“These measures should also be strictly respected in all primary and secondary schools, churches and markets.”

Cameroon recorded its first coronavirus cases in March 2020. It has since recorded 33,749 positive cases of COVID-19. Of this number, 523 have died while 31,362 have recovered.

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