On Saturday March 21, 2020 Northwest Regional Delegation of Public Health was in Santa to screen passengers entering the North West as part measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases keep increasing despite stringent measures already taken by the government.
The regional delegation team led by Dr. Che Soh Kingsley went out purposely to screen passengers coming into Bamenda from Douala, Bafoussam and Yaounde .
” Today we left our houses at 4 am and came here at Matazen to the Tollgate of Matazen because we know that more than 1000 people pass here everyday to Bamenda and it is the main entry point into Bamenda” Dr. Che said
The main objective of the exercise according to Dr. Che was sensitization as they wanted the population to be aware of all the WHO measures so that they don’t get infected with the virus or transmit the virus to other persons.
The team was also out to look for risk factors as persons were screened and their temperatures taken.
“And So we are screening them for temperature, and then we are asking them questions if they are coming from abroad you know there are many cases abroad, to know if in Cameroon while in Douala, Yaounde or Bafoussam they came in close contact with those who tested positive of the disease” Dr. Che explained.
A total number of three thousand one hundred persons were screened during the exercise which started at 4 am Saturday and no suspected case was discovered.
The exercise will be carried out daily, in the morning, Afternoon and evening for 14 days renewable and any suspected case shall be taken directly to the Bamenda regional hospital. The remaining passengers in the vehicle where the suspected case come from will be driven directly to a hotel in town where they will be quarantined for 14 days.