COVID-19: Alim Hayatou lauds efforts of health personnel in the North West Region as he assesses the work done to curb the spread of the pandemic
The North West Region on May 15th, 2020 played host to the Secetary of State in the Ministry of Public Health in Charge of Epidemics and Pandemic, Alim Hayatou, on a working visit to evaluate the work being done in the Region to fight the global pandemic.
Upon arrival at Matazem, he was received by the Governor, Adolphe Lele LAfrique, and his entourage, closely aided by the Regional Delegate for Public Health, Dr. Kingsley Che Soh, at the screening post for Covid-19 set up there.
From Matazem, the convoy proceeded to the low cost houses at New Road in Bangshe which are previewed to host COVID-19 patients in the days ahead (if need be). Another stop over was made at the Incident Command Centre, Treatment System, Isolation and Pre-isolation Wards at the Regional Hospital Bamenda where the Regional Delegate for Public Health, Dr. Kingsley Che Soh and the unit heads presented the statistics and work their units are doing to curb the spread of this pandemic. Revelations at the Laboratory stated that more than 900 samples from the North West and West Regions have been tested, with results available 24 hours after specimens were collected.
At the Regional Hospital Bamenda, the Director, Dr. Denis Nsame, presented the Testing and Triage Booths which are all located at the entrance into the hospital as the first check each hospital visitor passes through before going into the hospital. Next was the presentation of the site for the construction of an isolation unit for COVID-19 patients. The team passed through the North West Regional Fund For Health Promotion where hand sanitizers are being produced and then moved to Azam Hotel, which is a Quarantine and Treatment Centre for the North West Region. The Secretary of State ended his visit at Ayaba Hotel with a working session.
Speaking to the Press, the Secretary of State was pleased with the structures put aside for Isolation Centres and cautioned that it was important for the health personnel to have all the facilities needed to care for patients that are tested positive.
"I like the energy that doctors and nurses are putting up to fight Covid-19, respecting all the measures put in place by government, sacrificing a lot to save the lives of patients who have tested positive. I like the synergy between health personnel and I call on the population to cooperative with them during this health crisis" Secretary of State Alim Hayatou declared.
He went further to state: "It is a humanitarian problem faced by many countries across the world and I pray the medical doctors, nurses and population join forces with President Paul Biya to fight the deadly Pandemic, Covid-19."