The U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon, Peter Henry Barlerin, was received this Wednesday, March 11, 2020, by Cameroonian President Paul Biya. According to the communication service of the Cameroonian presidency, the meeting between the two personalities focused on topics of common interest including health and the objective of making Cameroon an emerging country by 2035.
The American envoy welcomed the “fruitful” cooperation between Cameroon and the United States on the fight against the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Peter Henry Barlerin recalled that the United States has approved $120,000 (about CFA71 million) as part of the response to the coronavirus.
This funding is in addition to the $45 million (CFA26.5 billion) of aid invested since 2014 by the United States in Cameroon with a view to “strengthen the capacity of the health sector to prevent, detect and respond to epidemics," explained the ambassador.
The U.S. diplomat also called for the involvement of the National Center for Health Emergency Operations, built with the support of U.S cooperation, in the fight against the current coronavirus. Inaugurated in December 2018 in Yaoundé, this center is a “state-of-the-art infrastructure designed to strengthen Cameroon's capacity to respond to public health emergencies, epidemics, infectious diseases, and other disasters,” Peter Henry Barlerin explained.
According to the US embassy to Cameroon, health workers who have received U.S-funded epidemiology training are monitoring and investigating recorded cases. The U.S. Embassy’s support has also strengthened laboratory diagnostic capabilities.