In a press release, the Minister of Public Health informs the general public that cases of cholera have been recorded in Cameroon and urges everyone to respect minimum hygiene precautions.
According to the press release by the Minister of Public Health, Andre Mama Fouda, since the month of May 2018, cases of cholera have been recorded in four Health Districts of the Northern Region and as at the 12 July 2018, a case of cholera was confirmed in the city of Yaounde and to date the overall assessment of cases is 43 treated and 6 deaths.
Cholera is a highly contagious and deadly disease that can be contracted when some basic hygiene is not respected like eating without washing of hands, cooking food without respecting the appropriate hygienic method, drinking water which is not potable. Some years back, the epidemic erupted in Cameroon and was readily handled by the Ministry of Public Health through decentralized health mechanism spread on the field. The propagation of epidemic knows no boundary reasons the disease has resurface again in Cameroon. Upon notification of the first case in the Northern Region, all necessary steps were taken by the government in other regions to curb the epidemic. Apart from calling the population and health practitioners to be more vigilant with acute watery diarrhea with or without vomiting, and to take such persons immediately to the hospital or nearest health facility, the minister equally urges everyone to respect minimum hygiene precautions such as the washing of hands regularly with soap and water especially before and after meals, and after using the toilet. The population should systematically use latrines or WCs, boil drinking water or disinfect water with chloride before consumption, wash and eat properly cooked food and individuals should leave funeral care to professionals.
The government has provide for free treatment and management of cholera in Cameroon and a massive sensitization campaign is ongoing on social media as well as on radio and television to inform Cameroonians on how to strictly implement and respect precautionary method that will keep them from contracting the disease.