SOS: Covid-19 Cases On The Rise In NW

Health official checking for signs of Covid-19 at Santa

The NW Region in the last 10 days have experienced an increased in the number of Covid-19 cases reported at health units, with 116 new positive cases and five covid-19 related deaths reported within  this period, read a Press statement by the Governor of the NW region. This increasing number of cases has prompted the Governor, Adolphe  Lele Lafrique to call on media outlets to step up “sensitization of the population on the strict respect of barrier measures  against covid-19”

He purposely called on the media to sensitize the public on “the systemic wearing of face mask when leaving the house,  hand washing with soap and running water and maintenance of social distancing at all time” He when further to call for these measures to “be strictly respected in all Primary and Secondary Schools, churches and markets”

Mr. Lele lafrique also announced an up-coming mass campaign for covid-19 testing planned for the next three months in all health facilities, schools and communities. He appealed for community collaboration to make the campaign a success.

The Press statement also stated that the cumulative statistics for the NW Region, shows that  1,189 people  tested positive for covid-19, with a total of 935 recoveries, while 173 active cases are still on treatment and an unfortunate 81 deaths,   with 40 of these occurring in health facilities and 41 in the communities.

Bamenda still remains the epicenter of the pandemic in the NW region. But Mezam, Boyo, Donga Mantung and Ngoketunja are the divisions most afftected in the second wave of the disease.

This increase in cases seen recently in Cameroon is in pattern with the second wave of infections noticed in other countries battling against Covid-19.

By Gilla Everdine in Bamenda.

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