Humanitarian Response: Health
All health districts in the NWSW regions have started testing for COVID-19. 28 out of the 37 health districts in the NWSW have confirmed at least one case of COVID-19. Mass screening campaigns are ongoing in the health districts for early detection, isolation, and treatment of cases to break the chain of transmission. A relaxation in the implementation of preventive measures such as the use of face masks and social distancing has been observed in public spaces. Mass sensitization campaigns are ongoing in both regions to raise awareness and counter the widespread misinformation about COVID-19 in the regions. WHO organized a workshop from 4 to 7 August on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in the management of COVID-19 in the NW region. The 19 health districts of the NW and medical personnel from key health facilities took part in the workshop in Bamenda.
Health cluster partners, despite the unpredictable and volatile atmosphere in August, were able to provide life-saving essential health services in Fako, Meme, Ndian, Kupe-Manenguba, Manyu, Mezam, Boyo, Ngoketunjia, Bui, and Momo divisions in NWSW. Mobile clinics operated by Reach Out and CARITAS, partners of WHO, have been the main source of primary health care in most of the affected communities in 10 divisions where they have been operating since 1 July 2019 The 16 mobile clinic teams will conclude operations in these communities at the end of September 2020 due to the exhaustion of CERF funds despite the continuing needs.
In August, these clinics were able to consult 10,249 patients. Over 5 percent of the patients consulted were people living with disabilities. Mobile clinics placed 48 patients on anti-retroviral treatment and sensitized 35,863 persons on epidemic-prone diseases, sexually transmitted infections and non-communicable diseases like diabetes and hypertension. The clinical psychologists deployed by WHO and mobile clinics provided psychosocial support to 104 persons. The trauma surgeons deployed by WHO and the mobile clinic teams performed 162 surgical procedures.
UNICEF through its implementing partners CARITAS and CBCHS continued the provision of life-saving services to IDPs and conflict-affected populations living in hard to reach 7 divisions of the NWSW despite security and COVID-19 challenges. A total of 13,668 children aged between 6-59 months were vaccinated with routine vaccines. 985 children were treated for simple malaria and acute respiratory tract infections. Some 2,419 households received mosquito nets and 998 pregnant women received tetanus and diphtheria vaccines, out of which 812 received iron supplementation, and 144 received intermittent preventive treatment for malaria prevention. A total of 170 healthcare facility staff and community health workers were trained on infection prevention and control (IPC), 172 handwashing equipment stations were installed in the community and immunization centers and 121 people (leaders of the women group, religious, opinion, etc.) were engaged on COVID-19 through risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) actions.