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#COVID-19: Cameroon’s Senate President Says Poor Communication Responsible For Low Vaccination Rate

Cameroon citizens are refusing to adhere to COVID-19 protocols despite rising cases in the country.

The President of Cameroon’s Senate, Marcel Niat Njifenji, has blamed the increasing rate of COVID-19 infections in the country on the lack of an effective communication strategy to spur citizens into taking the vaccine.

The Senate President said the government needs to intensify and multiply the communication operations to educate Cameroonians against resisting the vaccination.

“I, meanwhile, note that if many Cameroonians have received their vaccine doses, many are those who are still reticent. I want to call on the government to intensify and multiply the communication operations in order to convince those resisting and encourage more interest through a campaign of vaccination, which no longer needs to be demonstrated,” Njifenji declared.

He spoke as Dr Manaouda Malachie, the Minister of Public Health, announced that COVID-19 infection rate in Cameroon has hit 80,090 cases with 77,305  successfully treated, 1,475 currently active cases and 1,310 deaths.

Though the treatment rate has seen an increase to 96 per cent, the Minister of Public Health has called on Cameroonians to redouble their vigilance and scrupulously respect the measures put in place by the government.

The continued alarms sounded by the Senate President and the Minister of Public Health seems very hollow in the ears of the citizens, as the predominant news in the media these days is centred on the embezzlement of funds intended to be used in fighting COVID-19 by members of both the executive and legislative arms of the state.

“What do these people really take Cameroonians for? Simpletons? They continue bending our ears with talk, talk, talk while they have embezzled and continue to embezzle money allocated to fight against the virus. Do they think the virus will be defeated by their hollow harangues? Let them go to hell,” Eli Bengono, a civil society activist, angrily shouted to HumAngle in Yaounde on Sunday.


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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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