Ambulances, protective kits and other equipment costing about 468 million FCFA, have been offered to the Ministry of Public Health by the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank, to be used in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in Cameroon.
The equipment was handed over to the Minister of Public Health Dr. Manaouda Malachie, during a ceremony in Yaounde 28 October 2021.
The resident representative of the World Health Organization in Cameroon, Dr Habimana Phanuel, said WHO also made available two vehicles and motorcycles to help stop the spread of guinea worm in the country “Cameroon received financing of 1.6 million USD from the African Development Bank to support the COVID response and through this finance, WHO has been able to procure a machine to do the sequencing of the genetic material of the coronavirus and to also provide three medicalized ambulances and also we are going to provide thermic cameras and computers, refrigerators and freezers for blood bank facilities” the WHO representative said.
He further pointed out that “the disease called the guinea worm…WHO has provided two vehicles and two motorbikes to support the surveillance and response to these diseases and also calling the attention of the Ministry of Health that more action is needed because Cameroon should not lose the status of a country that had eradicated the disease” Dr. Habimana Phanuel.
This initiative comes as a result of the partnership between WHO, the government of Cameroon, African Development Bank, and the Islamic Development Bank.