Stakeholders in the medical sector in Cameroon have come together to seek ways of reducing and mitigating the burden of vetor borne diseases in the country.
During a two-day workshop organised by the Technical Vector Advisory Group, all vector-borne diseases stakeholders rolled out a series of recommendations to the Ministry of Public Health and the government of Cameroon in general so as to lead to a better orientation of national activities.
The project is funded the UK government as stakeholders look to maximise the efficiency of many vector control tools.
Cameroon is very much exposed to some of these diseases transmitted by these vectors like mosquitoes for example and we are very much exposed to these diseases like sleeping sickness, onchorceciasis , an expert attending the workshop said.
“We will like to reduce the burden of these diseases by focusing on the vectors …because when people try to reduce the burden, they don’t look at the vectors but they focus only at curing the disease,” the expert added.
Thus adding the vector component in the bigger picture, stakeholders at the workshop think they will be more effective in reducing the burden.
Thus they went about exploring several diseases as they proposed an integrated approach as a better way of finding solutions to reduce the burdens with examples drawn from lymphatic filariasis and leishmaniasis
Another element of the workshop was the involvement of actors beyond the public health sector with the presence of stakeholdders from the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture as well as the animal sector.
This is because their activities in one way or the other can impact public health thus they must be integrated in any approach that is taken.