Cameroon’s Minister of Health Manaouda Malachie, started visiting some health facilities within the country, to check preparation and readiness of the AFCON 2021 host nation. He began with the Yaounde Central Hospital on Tuesday, 14 September.
The Minister said the facility he has visited already is set to handle cases of emergency “we have done what had to be done” he said. He revealed that they will be working to reinforce capacities of the personnel to better manage emergency cases.
Understanding the need to maintain safety measures against the COVID-19 pandemic as well, the Health Minister said their staff are alert. “All over the national territory, our teams are alert, because we noticed three weeks ago, a little increase” Dr Manaouda Malachie disclosed.
He also indicated “we requested that everybody arriving should be tested systematically” a statement from the Minister revealed. He added that “we are putting much accent on vaccination. A specific deployment of vaccination teams will be effective from the month of October, because we have the ambition to vaccinate about 20 percent of the population by January 2022”.
The 2021 AFCON will be hosted by Cameroon from 9 January to 6 February next year, with 24 teams expected to participate.