The Northwest Region like every other region in the country is witnessing a second wave and a rise in COVID-19 cases. The launching of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the Northwest Region took place early morning April 14th, at the multipurpose hall of the Regional Hospital Bamenda.
According to the Regional Delegate for public health, the vaccination will be in two phases and for this first phase, a total of 11,400 doses were sent and priority will be given to health personnel who are frontliners in the fight against #COVID.
The consignment of 11,400 doses of Sinopharm vaccine was received at the Northwest delegation of Public Health by the Secretary General at the Northwest governors office, Viang Mekala and handed it to Dr. Kingsley Che Soh, Northwest Regional delegate of Public Health.
During the Launch, it was revealed that there are insufficient Covid19 test kits available to carry out mass testing so, the Regional Hospital Bamenda reserves the limited available for those who actually present with symptoms or for cases requested by the doctors upon consultation. Presenting a cummulative data of the region, Dr. Kingsley Che Nsoh indicated that as of April 10th, the region has over 4580 positive cases, 3774 recoveries, 633 active cases, 173 deaths. 435 Health personels infected, 5 dead, 41 infected pregnant women and 2dead. This rise in ppsitive cases and deaths related to COVID gave a push for the government to reinforce strictly the respect of barrier measures.
The governors representative, Viang Mekala cautioned that the population use the social media wisely and avoid adhering to rumors and propaganda with regards to the vaccine and any other information that can destabilize the community. After receiving the first dose of the vaccine,
Viang Mekala expressed gratitude to the Head of state, President Paul Biya for all actions taken to improve on the health of the population against the COVID19 pandemic. He urged the population to continue respecting barrier measures, despite the launch of the vaccine.
It should be noted that health workers in all the health districts and 7 divisions in the region will benefit from 2 doses at an interval of 3weeks.