Covid-19: Covid-19 Test Trafficking Draws Attention of Public Health Minister

By Augustine Nyuykongi

Dr. Manaouda Malachie, the Minister of Public Health has shone light on the alleged trafficking of Covid-19 tests at the Nsimalen International Airport, in Yaoundé.

According to the Minister of Public Health, the fraud cases at the airport have been recurrent in recent times as has been complaint by several persons at the airport.

In a tweet sent out by Dr. Manaouda Malachie, he said “While I am in Douala as part of the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Laquintinie Hospital, I have just learned that the Covid-19 test control unit at Nsimalen International Airport is malfunctioning. We shall investigate and act accordingly.”

The Minister also revealed in a later tweet that an investigation was going to be opened to shed more light on the allegations. He wrote “Today I made an unannounced visit to the Covid test control unit at the Yaounde Nsimalen Airport to assess the passenger’s entry and exit circuit. While everything is under control, investigations on the alleged fraud allegations are ongoing.”

The concerns at the Nsimalen International Airport come amidst complaints of poor Covid-19 handling in Cameroon by the authorities. Cameroon is on the verge of hosting the African Cup of Nations, and there are growing concerns that the country might not be safe enough to host the tournament.

The Sports Ministry has nevertheless assured it will take necessary measures to contain the virus. Official Covid-19 figures in Cameroon are 108,026 positive cases, 105,735 recovered cases, 1,841 deaths, and 450 active cases.

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