The Lions Club is supporting health workers in the frontline in this battle against the coronavirus pandemic. In Douala, the philanthropic organization has donated equipment to Laquintinie hospital. A total of 500 reusable overcoats, 500 overshoes, 100 goggles, and 50 masks were handed over to the personnel of the hospital.
Also, the Lions Club has pledged to finance the food ration of the hospital's nursing staff up to 2,000 hot dishes served for 15 days.
“Lions Club International has always been there for us when we have concerns. We've had Lions Club International assist us in times of need. This time, it is the caregivers who will benefit. We are happy about this. It's a morale booster for us,” said Joyce Elangwe, Laquintinie Hospital's general supervisor and beneficiary representative.
Healthcare workers are a vital link in the fight against Covid-19, according to Serge Constant Ebene, 1st Vice Governor of Lions Club International District 403B1. “Their availability, involvement, and unwavering commitment are key conditions for success in the battle. They are, however, more exposed in that they are both the first and most frequent contact,” he said.
With 109 health workers suffering from coronavirus, including about ten deaths in Cameroon, “all doctors and other health workers are at high risk and insufficiently protected” against the coronavirus pandemic, according to the National Order of Doctors of Cameroon.