Cameroon: Covid-19 Fight – Prime Minister Instructs High Level Screening


The Head of Government Joseph Dion Ngute chaired the Inter-ministerial meeting devoted to the evaluation of the response strategy against the COVID-19 pandemic on March 12, 2021.

In the face of the continuous upsurge in the contamination rate of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister, Head of Government, Joseph Dion Ngute has given specific instructions to the Ministers of Public Health and Transport. The instructions were given on March 12, 2021 as the Prime Minister presided at the Inter-ministerial meeting devoted to the evaluation of the response strategy against the COVID-19 pandemic in Cameroon.

The Prime Minister prescribed the intensification of the respect of barrier measures against the pandemic with more emphasis on the maintenance of the high level screening of the population. His instructions came after the Minister of Public Health, Manaouda Malachie presented the situation of the pandemic in Cameroon as at March 12, 2021. He said the confirmed number of positive cases were 42,286, recovered case 36,362, deaths 633, active cases 5291, hospitalised case 381 with 89 of them in oxygen. The Minister further disclosed that 1,482 confirmed positive cases were health personnel, treatment rate 86 per cent and bed occupation being 12 per cent.

Talking to the press after the in-camera meeting, Public Health Minister, Manaouda Malachie said the Prime Minister instructed them to maintain a high level of testing of compatriots. In this connection, he disclosed that they would have to meet with the Minister of Finance once every week to address all issues that can be obstacles to the implementation of the COVID-19 response strategy. Concerning the use of the vaccine, the Minister said that the population should have trust in the scientific committee whose mission is to advise government on the issue. He said the epidemiological situation of the pandemic in Cameroon was preoccupying but not alarming, stating that there were more contaminations in the country now.