Humanitarian Response: Health
Improving the vaccination coverage for vaccine preventable diseases by strengthening routine immunization remains a key priority of the Health Cluster partners in the NWSW regions. Throughout November, UNICEF supported the regional delegation of public health (RDPH) to conduct the first round of periodic intensification of routine immunisation for children and pregnant women who had missed routine vaccination in seven health districts across both regions (Bamenda, Kumbo East, Nkambe, Wum, Kumba, Konye and Mamfe). A total of 16,448 infants were vaccinated including for measles and rubella (MR), tuberculosis (BCG), poliomyelitis and pneumonia. Yellow fever vaccines were given to 2,072 children while 2,607 others received human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. 1,097 children were provided with mebendazole to treat parasitic worm infestations and 10,259 others received vitamin A. 991 pregnant women were vaccinated against tetanus while 294 others were provided with intermittent preventative therapy for malaria prevention. UNICEF also supported reproductive health coordination to train 100 health care providers from neonatal care and maternity units in three district hospitals in the SW and five district hospitals in the NW to ensure quality new-born management.
Surgeons and psychologists deployed by WHO continued to work across the two regions, performing 69 surgical procedures, and conducting 167 consultations. The clinical psychologists in Buea, Kumba, and Bamenda trained a total of 96 people on psychosocial first aid (PFA), consulted 122 patients and provided group therapy to 259 others. In the framework of the COVID-19 response, WHO provided four vehicles to the RDPH in the NW and three in the SW to support field activities of the response teams. Assessments were carried out in the regional hospitals of Bamenda, Buea, Limbe and the Tiko district hospital, to seek ways of improving the existing intensive care units and water supply in these facilities.