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Cameroon’s National Order Of Medical Doctors Calls For Lockdown As COVID-19 Spikes

Medical doctors in Cameroon have asked the government to impose an effective lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 that is escalating in the country.

The Cameroon National Order of Doctors, the umbrella body of medical doctors in the country, has called for a more restrictive lockdown throughout the country as COVID-19 cases soar. 

Dr Guy Sandjon, the President of the Order, in a statement on Friday, March 26, said the doctors felt it was necessary for them to “communicate to the populations, our feelings in connection with this new wave of the coronavirus.”

According to him, “Every family is bereaved because of this affliction. Our silence could be seen as deafening but the primacy of communication is reserved for the titular ministry of health, however as a professional order of health on the ground, we must, after the ministry, also communicate in order to also explain, re-explain what must be done to the population.”

While waiting for COVID-19 vaccine arrival, the National Order of Doctors called on the government to put back in place, all the anti-covid measures that were decided upon in March 2020, to limit the spread of the virus throughout the country, because, according to the doctors, “the measures had proved their worth.”

The President of the Medical Order, however, noted that only the vaccine can permit the efficacious fight against the virus.

“The preventive measures remain apt, but the major question is that of a vaccine. There is disquiet in all countries, even the developed countries that manufacture the virus,” Dr Sandjon said. 

“People are asking what to do so that there are doses for everyone since vaccination today seems the most important and the most adequate response.”

While noting also that there are those who are reticent, he stressed that those who want to get vaccinated must have access to the vaccines.

“Our country would be probably having over one million doses in the coming days. There are professionals at risk – the medical corps, persons aged above 50, patients with comorbidities and security agents,” he said.

The current COVID-19 situation in Cameroon stands at 47,669 registered infections, 721 deaths and 35,261 cases successfully treated.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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