#COVID19: Gabon Boosts Capacity To Handle New Cases

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Gabon, the country’s government is boosting the capacity of its facility to handle the recent surge in positive cases.

The Gabon Government has stepped up measures to contain the spread of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

According to the pilot committee for the fight against the COVID-19, 18 mobile treatment centres were reactivated over the weekend, especially in Libreville, the capital, which has the highest number of positive cases -11,746- since the beginning of the pandemic last year.

“The intention here is to ameliorate the capacity of care for contaminated persons”, a spokesperson of the committee revealed.

To avoid saturation in the hospitals, Dr Guy Patrick Obiang Ndong, the country’s Minister of Health, had on Friday, March 5, launched medical activities in the new building of the Libreville University Teaching Hospital.

The new building with a capacity of 80 beds and 20 rooms, furnished with oxygen cylinders, is intended to handle moderate cases.

A document by the committee stated that the government was investing each day to find solutions aimed at ameliorating the current sanitary situation to protect the people, by offering access to quality treatment to the sick.

The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Gabon has taken a new turn with new infections totalling more than the 50 daily cases.

“With this increase in daily infections, there is no question of the government relaxing the preventive measures already in place in spite of the demonstrations by activists of the ‘Dish Revolution’ who say the measures are very restrictive,” a committee official told HumAngle in Libreville on Monday, March 8.

The government on its part thinks that if the current situation continues, it would be necessary to wait for several weeks or even months more before the restrictive measures now in place can be relaxed.

The committee revealed that between March 3 and 7, 2021, the country registered 371 new positive cases of the virus out of 8,909 tests carried out which is an average of 90 new positive cases per day.

The number of persons hospitalised has also not been on the downward trend. There are currently 72 hospitalised cases with 19 on reanimation for difficult breathing.

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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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