Humanitarian Response: Health
Health authorities reported an increase in COVID-19 infections and related deaths. Tests positivity rate in the NW shows an increase from 6.7 per cent in July, to 11.7 per cent in August. In the SW, an increase from three per cent in July to 3.2 per cent in August was recorded. A total of 9,847 persons received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 2,742 received the second one in the SW, which represents 1.1 per cent, and 0.3 per cent of the target population respectively. In the NW, a total of 22,347 persons received the first dose, and 4,963 received the second one, which represents 2.5 per cent and 0.6 per cent of the target population respectively. The vaccination campaign is ongoing despite numerous challenges, including vaccines refusal and threats against vaccination teams.
A measles outbreak was reported in the Nwa health district in the NW. Health Cluster partners have been supporting the health district to carry out a reactive campaign. Limited resources, geographical and security challenges have limited the response to the outbreak so far.
Health partners continued to provide life-saving assistance to affected communities. Action Against Hunger (ACF) provided 1,352 curative consultations in Meme and SW, including 47 ante-natal consultations, and 13 post-natal consultations with three referrals. 502 persons benefited from psychoeducation and individual or group psychological sessions. Non-State armed groups conducted four attacks on health facilities, including the abduction of health personnel for ransom, seizure of assets, removal of patients from ambulances in Fako and Manyu divisions in the SW.