The Cameroonian government announced it has received more than CFA261 million worth of medical equipment from the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). On October 25, the health organization handed over 70 oxygen concentrators and 160 pulse oximeters to the Ministry of Public Health (Minsanté).
This equipment is intended to "improve access to medical oxygen in health facilities in Cameroon" mainly as part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The donator also promised "1,300 oxygen cylinders, 550 flow meters, 700 humidifiers, 250 regulators, 300 ventilation balloons for adults, 360 resuscitators for children, 260 resuscitators for neonates, 1,100 adult masks, 1,100 pediatric masks, 3,650 nasal cannulas for adults, 3,750 pediatric nasal cannulas, 3,750 nasal cannulas for neonates, 6,000 venturi masks, a vaporizer, and a liquid oxygen cylinder for the Limbe Regional Hospital,” the health department said.
In a press briefing held on October 26 in Yaoundé, Minister Manaouda Malachie revealed that a fourth wave of the pandemic occurred in January this year and the fifth in September. "I know that most of you are not aware of these waves because the government has taken quick action to stop them," he said. According to official data, as of Oct. 19, 2022, Cameroon has recorded 123,993 positive cases, 121,928 recoveries, and 1,965 deaths. 2 million doses of vaccine have been administered throughout the country.
Written by L.A.
Translated from French by Firmine AIZAN