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A/H1N1 Influenza : Four Cases Detected in Cameroon August 16, 2009

Filed under: Health/Sante — kikenileda @ 9:00 AM

Elizabeth MOSIMA

The Minister of Public Health officially launched a campaign for the fight against the A/H1N1 influenza yesterday in Yaounde.

Since April 2009, the world has been gripped with the A/H1N1 influenza.
This influenza is caused by a virus and transmission is just like any
other virus. More than half of the countries in the world are affected
and its spread has been continuous. Transmission is from one person to
another. According to World Health Organisation statistics, more than
160,000 cases have been confirmed as of July 31, 2009 with three deaths
registered.

In Cameroon, four cases of the A/H1N1 influenza A virus which causes
common cold were diagnosed in Yaounde this month. On an alert scale,
the WHO has classified this epidemic at level six which indicates a
passage from the epidemic to pandemic. It is for this reason that the
Minister of Public Health launched a campaign for the fight against the
A/H1N1 influenza yesterday in Yaounde. During the launching, Minister
André Mama Fouda officially handed over fliers for the prevention and
fight against pandemic influenza in the transport sector. The fliers
are expected to be pasted in all airports, seaports, and land frontiers
in the country. The fliers carry necessary information for travellers
coming from America, Asia and Europe or who have resided in countries
where cases of A/H1N1 influenza have been declared, possibly have been
in contact with the virus just before and/or during their trip. The
fliers also guide the travellers on the symptoms of the disease, what
to do on arrival in Cameroon and necessary contacts in case of
contamination during their stay in the country.

Speaking during the handing over ceremony, the Minister of Transport,
Belo Bouba Maïgari expressed satisfaction with the efforts made by the
Ministry of Public Health to ensure the safety of Cameroonians. He
called on the personnel in airports, seaports and all major entry
points into the country to work hand in glove to ensure health security
and safety in Cameroon. For his part, the Minister of Public Health,
André Mama Fouda said necessary measures have been taken by government
to fight the influenza A virus. These include the designation of health
care units for the isolation and caring of patients such as those in
the Yaounde Central Hospital and the Laquintinie Hospital in Douala as
well as the provision of 25,850 packets of Tamiflu throughout the
national territory and equipment for individual protection in health
care units in major entry points into the country. The Minister used
the occasion to call on the public to collaborate with the health
services in the fight against the pandemic. According to the Minister,
the four cases that have being detected are responding to treatment in
hospital.

 

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