Spreading Covid-19, From Sensitization to Repression

Health officials screening passengers for signs of Covid-19 at Matezem-Santa

Simon Emile Mooh, Senior Divisional Officer for Mezam has said his office will pass from sensitization of the population against the spread of Covid-19 to a repressive phase that will include the arrest and detention of those seen to be contravening a prefectural order banning the practice of all outdoor sporting activities within Mezam.

The SDO was reminding councilors of the Bamenda II council during its mid-year session held on Wednesday June 22, 2020. He made it clear that covid-19 is real and that there are over 450 active cases in Bamenda at present.

Simon Emile Mooh, Mezam SDO

To push across his point, Mr. Mooh pointed recent cases of deaths in Bamenda as a result of covid-19. He also said the disease is very deadly for those above 40 years. He pleaded with the elected officials of the council to help sensitize the population.

The administration of Mezam Division will now move to ensure the law is respected. “All forms of collective sport activities in Mezam division are forbidden still further notice” he said. Adding that those that would be caught “will be immediately arrested and detained according to the law and regulation within our penal code by propagating willingly, deliberately the virus” he concluded.

Many have been quick to condemn his action. Some say outdoor collective sporting activities like football, volleyball and jogging do not present as much risk as the markets and buses where many people are crammed within a confined space. It’s still not clear how this order will be enforced with the national football leagues expected to resume soon.

By  Ako Emmanuel

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