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WHO Cameroon: North-West and South-West, Health Cluster Update, 13 -24 April, 2020 - Bulletin # 01

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EWARS (Early Warning Alert and Surveillance System)

The Early Warning, Alert and Response System (EWARS) is a web-based system and mobile application for outbreak detection and response in emergency settings. EWARS is a web-based system and mobile application designed to enhance disease surveillance and outbreak detection in emergency settings. The EWARS was rolled out in March 2020, and trained around 200 health workers in NW and SW regions of Cameroon.

01 CHOLERA New Case, Tiko Town, Tiko Health District.

The total number of cases in Tiko health district are 72, the outbreak of cholera took place around second week of February, 2020. So far one death has been recorded(female child), the total fertility rate is 1.4 %, the community sensitization, contact tracing , and referral of cases are ongoing.

08 MEASLES Suspected Cases in Bekumu, Ekondo Titi Health District.

The total number of suspected cases reported to the districts health service and investigation is ongoing

HEALTH CLUSTER KEY HIGHLIGHTS (Focused on COVID-19):

SOUTHWEST REGION (SW):

• In SW Region a Regional IMS has been activated and a regional response plan elaborated and shared with partners to permit integration of efforts and better coordination.

• In SW District task force against COVID-19 are being put in place across all 18 Health Districts.

• A weekly regional meetings are held with partners for updates on COVID-19 and to make an appraisal of efforts against the pandemic in the Region at SW Regional delegation.

• The SW Regional delegation holds a regional meeting twice in a week (Tuesday and Friday) with partners for updates on COVID-19 and to make an appraisal of efforts against the pandemic in the Region at SW Regional delegation.

• In SW Region 269 persons thought to have had some exposure to COVID-19 have been traced and of this number 132 (49%) have been successfully reached by phone for follow up.

• With the help of MSF, a 20- bed capacity COVID-19 Centre has been set up at the Buea Regional Hospital and Human resources mobilized from other facilities in the Region to reinforce the site, though logistic staff are still inadequate.

• Rehabilitation work for a 38-bed capacity, isolation centre has started at the Tiko District Hospital with the assistance of MSF.

• In SW WHO donated about 2000 stickers and 1000 posters of commination materials on COVID-19 with the regional delegation to share with various health districts.

• In Limbe District, sensitization was carried out in the markets, parks, churches, and quarters by Community Health Workers from the 2nd to 17th of April.

• “Future Africa” has trained 52 Community Health Workers in Kumba who are actually carrying out sensitization Sensitization/ screening at the entry and exit points of Kumba, a similar exercise has been ongoing at the Mungo bridge for the third week running.

• NADEV, an NGO in Buea has also carried out advocacy meetings with 20 community leaders in Buea, Tiko and Limbe where they shall be carrying out sensitization • The Norwegian Refugee Council has trained 10 Community Health Workers to carry out a survey on COVID-19 in Buea and Limbe Districts.

• “Suspected COVID-19” indicator added in the EWARS under disease surveillance in EWARS to monitor and contact tracing in all health districts of NW and SW regions of Cameroon.

• Health Cluster Coordination team in SW region presented about COVID-19 the situation of NWSW region to non-Health cluster partners ( NGO Coordination forum), partners agreed to support the COVID-19 with limited support to the crisis and strengthen the regional delegation of public health.

• A regional Helpline has been established at regional delegation with local number 23332457 to receive calls from the suspected and contact cases for further assistance on case management.