About 600 patients have fled from health facilities after an increase in Covid-19 cases.
The Minister of Health of Cameroon, Mr. Manaouda Malachie said that the highest number of patients who have fled from hospitals were in western towns of Bamenda and Baoussan, Younde, and Doula – the economic capital. These areas have confirmed cases of covid-19 increase daily.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Cmeroon has 7, 599 cases and 212 deaths. Patients say that they are afraid of catching the coronavirus at hospitals. Health officials however warned that not getting treatments for other health issues could put them at higher risk.
”It was observed that each time a special ward for covid-19 is created in a hospital, Cameroonians become worried that they will contract the illness. While many fled, thousands of others are avoiding hospitals for fear of becoming infected,” Minister Manaouda said.
Wilfred Awemo – a 31-year-old banker explained that he decided to seek African traditional treatment for his malaria because he no longer trust hospitals in Cameroon.
”When you go with a little illness like this, most especially when you have a health complication and then you are going for check up, they will just take your temperature, and if it goes above 37, they just say that you are a suspect and they try to quarantine you,” he said.
Dr. Getrude Ashu, who works with the public Ministry, said the Government has sent out representatives to encourage people to visi hospitals and to stop going to traditional healers.