"I ask each one of you, to ensure or proceed with the local production of hydro-alcoholic gels so that our populations can have access to them at any time and in any place." This is the instruction contained in a circular, signed on March 17, 2020, by the Minister of Public Health Manaouda Malachie.
The said circular is addressed to the Director-General of the National Centre for the Supply of Essential Drugs and Medical Consumables (Cename), heads of religious purchasing offices, pharmacists who own pharmacies and to the heads of 1st to 4th category health facilities.
The Minister of Public Health also instructs these officials "to ensure that the said gels are also made available in their facilities" so that staff and users can disinfect their hands. According to the minister, hand disinfection is an important measure to prevent infection by covid-19 since there is currently no specific treatment for the virus.
This circular comes at a time when, in pharmacies, the prices of hydro-alcoholic gels have literally exploded. Let’s note that currently, Cameroon has 10 people infected with the coronavirus.