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Cameroon:Gov’t to launch another anti-Coronavirus sensitisation campaign

Entrance to Yaounde Central Hospital hosting Coronavirus isolation centre (c) copyright

A nationwide campaign to sensitise the population on the need to respect the measures put in place by the government in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 will kick off in the days ahead, the Minister of Public Health, Dr Malachie Manaouda has announced.

He made the announcement recently in Yaounde during a press conference to assess the government’s response strategy to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr Malachie Manaouda said this campaign will consist of encouraging the population to regularly wash hands, respect the physical distancing measure as well obligatory wearing of face masks in public places.

The Public Health Minister justified this action by the recent attitude adopted by some Cameroonians who have decided to gone back to their old ways. He said these old habits have cropped up since the government released measures to help sustain the economy I the fight against the pandemic. He regretted the fact that most Cameroonians have misunderstood these measures and have instead taken them for granted as they go about flouting the preventive measures in place.

“The indiscipline of some Cameroonians could be at the origin of the propagation of the pandemic in recent weeks.  We have all noticed an increase in the number of cases in the past two weeks as well as the number of deaths and this is a call for concern to all of us,” the Minister of Public Health said.

Published on 28.04.2020

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