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Cameroon reinforces COVID-19 measures at borders

The Minister of Public Health Dr Malachie Manaouda has appreciated the reinforcement of barrier measures against the COVID-19 in the East Region.

Visiting the region last weekend, the Minister of Public Health had a firsthand appraisl of measures put in place by authorities of the region which shares boundary with the Central African Republic.

Accompanied by the Secretary of State in charge of Pandemics and Epidemics as well as the Governor of the East Region, the Minister of Public Health visited the Garoua Boulai health unit where surveillance has been reinforced on trucks entering the country from neighbouring countries.

At the health unit, drivers and all using the road are obliged to undergo a temperature check while rapid tests are equally carried out on the spot with results produced instantly. Any suspected case is immediately transported to the Garoua Boulai district hospital which was the Minister’s next stop to evaluate the provision of health care in the context of the COVID-19. Here, Dr Malachie Manaouda stressed health workers must continue paying attention to other patients with different diseases as well as continue to encourage patients to visit health facilities rather than shy away in fear of the COVID-19.

His final stop was at the Bertoua Regional Hospital where he inaugurated the COVID-19 isolation unit which will begin receiving patients this week.

Published on 28.04.2020

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