By Dilian Welleng in Yaounde –
The Minister of Public health, Dr Malachie Manaouda, has assured Cameroonians that no case of the deadly coronavirus has been detected in the country.
In a release issued Wednesday February 19, 2020, the minister unravelled that two people suspected to have contracted the virus were tested negative after they were isolated at the Yaounde Central Hospital and their status checked.
This clarification, it should be said, comes after rumours of the deadly virus being in Cameroon had spread across the national territory.
“Both cases were safely transported to the isolation rooms of the Yaounde Central Hospital, specimens were collected and analysed at the Pastoral Care Centre in Cameroon. Fortunately, the results were negative for Covid-19…” a portion of the release read.
The suspected cases of coronavirus are said to have been investigated by technical services of the Ministry of Public health on February 15, 2020 after rumours spread on the presence of coronavirus in Cameroon.
Dr Malachie Manaouda, in the release reiterated his calls to the population to be more vigilant and observe hygiene rules as recommended.
Apart from that, he urged Cameroonians traveling abroad, especially into countries affected by the virus to identify themselves to competent health authorities for monitoring.
Mindful of the consequences of the deadly disease, the Public Health boss further reassured Cameroonians that stringent measures have been taken at the ports to prevent importation of the Coronavirus.
It should be recalled that rumours of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services dispensing drugs for coronavirus circulated on social media after three patients were admitted in the Mboppi Baptist Hospital on Saturday 15, February 2020
The religious health institution immediately wrote a disclaimer to refute this allegation.
“The information circulating in the social media that Mboppi Baptist Hospital is dispensing medicines for the prevention of coronavirus is false and should not be respected. Please do not rush to Mboppi Baptist Hospital or to anybody to buy preventive medicines for coronavirus. The information is not true and there is no suspicion of coronavirus linked to the cases that came to Mboppi Baptist hospital, Douala last weekend,” the disclaimer stated.
According to the World Health Organisation, WHO Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
The Virus started in China and is said to have been spreading to some parts in Africa. The government of Cameroon, since the outbreak of the virus has been taken appropriate measures to see that the virus does not spread to Cameroon.