A month-long screening campaign dubbed operation mobile testing that meets people in populated areas was launched Tuesday July 28 in Cameroon’s political capital Yaounde with the aim to curb the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic as cases stand at almost seventeen thousand.
The campaign kicked off at the Mokolo market in Yaounde with mobile teams from the Ministry of Public Health who divided themselves into four groups – sensitization, reception, testing and lab technicians to ease the campaign work.
The teams moved to different sections of the market where many traders seemed to have forgotten about anti-COVID-19 barrier measures and sensitized them on the need to respect these measures as well as get screened to avoid any virus complication in case of any infection and break the chain of transmission.
Those who were receptive had themselves screened while expecting to receive their results in three-days.
The sensitization continues this Tuesday and will take the medical teams to other markets, including that of Madagascar as well as bus agencies, university campuses and other populated areas to track potential Coronavirus patients.
Over four months ago when Cameroon began battling to eradicate the spread of the virus, it has screened over one hundred and forty-five thousand samples, out of which close to seventeen thousand were positive.
Out of the over sixteen thousand cases, close to fifteen thousand of the patients have recovered, meanwhile, close to four hundred died.