By Boris Esono Nwenfor
An intensive COVID-19 exercise has been announced by the Cameroon government to run from 7 July to 11 as the country looks to get the majority of its population to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
In a Press release by the Minister of Public Health, Dr Manaouda Malachie, the COVID-19 vaccines will be administered to citizens in their houses, churches, markets and job sites.
The vaccination rate against the COVID-19 is still very low in the country according to officials. Just over one hundred thousand people have received at least a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
“The overall objective for the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine is to get at least 80% of vulnerable target populations vaccinated by December 2021,” Minister Manaouda Malachie said.
“I think it is inadmissible to use tax payer’s money to treat COVID-19 patients who have refused to get vaccinated… All essential workers should be vaccinated and avoid the spread of the virus.” Hon. Joshua Osih to Dr Manaouda Malachie
The health sector needs over 75,200 health workers for efficient service. At the moment, the ministry is working with just 25,000 health personnel which is not sufficient to give adequate health service nationwide.
The vaccination process against the coronavirus was also a major debate at the special plenary sitting where the Minister of Public Health presented on the COVID-19 situation and also on the universal health coverage plan in the country.
The Minister of Public Health, Manaouda Malachie explained that Universal health coverage means that all people have access to the health services they need, when and where they need them, without financial hardship. It includes the full range of essential health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care,” the state broadcaster reported.
“The universal health coverage is aimed at ensuring everyone has equity in access to health services and affordability of healthcare to all Cameroonians – Improved health coverage which is a recommendation of the WHO and provides health structures capable of taking care of all health pathologies. Dr Manaouda Malachie said on the Universal Health Coverage plan in Cameroon.”