Humanitarian Response: Health
Health Cluster partners have stepped up efforts to support the response to COVID-19 and ensure the continuity of services in health care facilities in the NWSW. The pandemic continues to spread across the two regions and the propagation of new strains in Nigeria is of concern in the bordering areas. Surveillance activities have been enhanced at the frontier health posts. WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, and WFP, through the World Bank’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEFF), have been supporting the COVID-19 response in the two regions.
WHO supported the training of health personnel across all 37 health districts of both regions. 111 health personnel were trained on COVID-19 case management, 185 were trained as members of rapid response teams while 74 others were trained as data clerks. Assessments were carried out in the regional hospitals of Buea, Limbe and Bamenda, on ways of improving existing intensive care units.
UNICEF assisted the regional delegation of public health (RDPH) in the SW to carry out a three-day catch-up vaccination for children and pregnant women in Kumba, Konye and Mamfe health districts. A total of 7,496 children and pregnant women who had missed vaccine doses were vaccinated.
According to the Health Cluster, on 26 December, there was an attack on a health centre in Bambui in Tubah subdivision in the NW, which caused two deaths. Access to health care is challenging for communities where health care facilities are still not operational. Only few Health Cluster partners currently operate mobile clinics and community health care services due to limited resources. in these facilities.