The Olembé social housing camp, located north of Yaoundé, started hosting people infected with Covid-19 this week.
According to the Ministry of Health, of the 94 travelers quarantined in hotels in Yaoundé, fifty of them tested positive for Covid-19. “For this reason, they have been transferred to the social housing in Olembé to be taken care of by the public authorities,” explains a source at the ministry.
The government is in the process of equipping the country's main cities with “high-capacity centers” to receive Covid-19 patients. According to the Minister of Public Health, the Olembé site was set up for the isolation and monitoring of 200 patients.
These measures, according to Mamaouda Malachie, also ensure better epidemiological and biological surveillance. “This allows us to track and trace all suspected cases and therefore, to have optimal management of cases,” he said.
Despite the government’s efforts, the patients at the Olembé camp denounced the quarantine living conditions. They denounced the bad quality of the meals served and the insalubrity of certain buildings in this isolation site.