The Cameroonian public health ministry presented on June 18 a report on the first one hundred days of the coronavirus crisis in Cameroon. “To date, we have a global epidemiological situation of 10,638 confirmed cases, 7,548 recovered, 282 deaths and 2,808 active cases,” said Manaouda Malachie, the Minister of public health. According to him, 781 people who tested positive for Covid-19 are currently hospitalized in the 31 care units set up throughout the ten regions of the country.
These are patients with moderate, severe, and critical forms of the new viral infection. In terms of the number of people on oxygen therapy, there are 44 in total, “most of whom are on non-invasive ventilation,” the government member said.
The statistics reported that 2,007 people who tested positive are asymptomatic cases, meaning they have the disease but show no apparent symptoms, and are taken care of in centers dedicated to asymptomatic patients. For others, follow-up is done at home. This measure makes it possible to “considerably reduce the pressure on health facilities which are now able to take in moderate patients, without any risk of a shortage of places.”
At the current level of the pandemic, the case-fatality rate is estimated at 2.6%. This figure is “far below the average in the world and on the continent,” the Health Minister said. He also specifies that a new triple purpose response strategy called “the 3T” has been put in place. It aims at tracking, testing, and treating all Covid-19 positive cases.