Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Coronavirus: Paul Biya dumps Manaouda Malachi

Despite the detection in the country of Covid 19 cases, the head of state Paul Biya has not yet found it opportune to address his fellow citizens. Elsewhere, his counterparts have lost sleep over the killer virus.

Difficult to say that the President of the Republic is not informed that a pandemic called Coronavirus which is wreaking havoc in the world (more than 5000 dead). And that the killer virus could make victims on Cameroonian soil, where official sources counted five cases in the space of a week. 

To date, everything is happening as if the fight against the Coronavirus is the only affair of the Minister of Public Health (Minsanté). Manaouda Malachie manages prevention, supervision of the sick and awareness-raising for the population. Regulatory mission, some would say. But it is clear that in raising awareness in times of crisis, the voice of a minister does not have the same voice as that of a head of state. As a result, Cameroonians continue to live as if nothing had happened. In all my public circles, (ministries, companies, schools, universities and others, no sanitary device (soaps, hydro-alcoholic products) is planned. 

Just as, decision-making at a certain level in such a health disaster is not the responsibility of Minsanté. The suspension of flights from the countries concerned, which some people wholeheartedly want to limit the risks of spread of the virus, must be decided very high. This is already done elsewhere, and where it is not the case, the reasons are given.

Elsewhere, Paul Biya's counterparts are in charge of prevention and response systems. Selected pieces. In Senegal, President Macky Sall in order to fight the coronavirus pandemic ordered the closure of schools and universities for three weeks, the cancellation of the festivities around the national holiday of April 4 for the 60th anniversary of independence of the country and prohibition of "public demonstrations" in open or closed places. 

In Burkina Faso where seven cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed, the disease has become a question of health security, said Saturday evening Burkinabè President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. 

After having already spoken Thursday and announced the closure of schools, Emmanuel Macron the French president will again speak this Monday evening at 8 pm, to certainly announce new measures to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

Source: journalducameroun.com