The Minister of Public Health, Dr Malachie Manaouda has called for a collective effort from all stakeholders and the population in order to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 and free Cameroon from the pandemic.
He was speaking on Friday, August 21 in Yaounde during a press conference to present the epidemiological situation of the country.
The Minister said Cameroon has been up to the task thanks to the efforts put in place by the government to ensure massive tracking, testing and treatment of patients.
The effective response strategy has enabled the country to gradually resume its economic activities, while the academic year which was suspended for over two months, equally resumed with students and pupils successfully sitting in for the end-of-year exams, Dr Malachie Manaouda said.
He however warned these successes do not warrant the nation to rest on its laurels which could lead to a spike in cases as has been the case in other countries recently.
To avoid plunging in such situations, the Minister said, the mobile testing teams that have been on the field for the past two weeks have been combing the nooks and crannies to track down the remaining cases within the communities.
The testing, the Minister said, has been very effective with at least 10,000 samples tested in Douala and Yaounde in one week, while 20,000 tests were carried out in the Far North Region in just one week.
“We continuing with this mobilize testing strategy because we want to consolidate the gains of our response strategy and we equally have to follow this up by continuing to strictly respect the barrier measures put in place by the government,” Dr Malachie Manaouda said.
The epidemiological situation as of August 21 stands at 18,622 confirmed cases, 1189 active cases(among them 196 patients and 8 under oxygen), 17,065 recoveries and 408 deaths. The recovery rate stands at 91.4%, while the fatality rate stands at of 2.1%, a severity of 0.6%, and bed occupancy rate of 6%.