COVID-19: Military steps up measures, Encourages wounded soldiers

General Nka Valere

Military officials in North West region of Cameroon, have stepped up measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic in case it reaches the region. The measures were made known to General Nka Valere, commander of the 5th joint military region (RMIA5), General Ekongwese Divine, commander of the 5th Gendermarie region (COMRG5) and the Regional delegate of National security, Police Commissioner Gousmo Emile, during a visit they paid to the regional military hospital and GMI hospital in Bamenda.

At the hospitals, the military officials were informed of the measures that have been put in place.

"About the coronavirus, the military and the security forces in the region have the possibility to quarantine people in a site that has been reserved. It has a capacity of 60 beds and we are ready to take care of any case", Dr. Colonel Amadou, chief medical officer at the 5th military hospital, told the officials.

The Generals and Regional Delegate of National security also visited a newly constructed Bloc to host patients at GMI.

Dr. Amadou also disclosed that if they have any positive case in the region, they will quarantine the case and refer to the Bamenda regional hospital for treatment, since it is the only referral centre for treatment in the region.

Police Commissioner, Dr Emani Tchouaffi Therese told them that police officers sent to the North West are not just incorporated into the army. They undergo medical checks to ensure that they don't have the virus.

Brigadier General Nka Valere and his entourage also used the opportunity to visit soldiers and police officers who sustained injuries during different operations in the region.

At the 5th military health sector just like in GMI, the soldiers and officers recounted their ordeal.

"I was shot on both legs on the 31st of December. I use to sell at Canteen here at GMI" a lady said

"I was shot in the neck on the 15th September 2019 at Food Market, I had 31 bullets in my neck. 16 have been removed. Everytime I bathe or have a hair cut, I have electric shock" a police constable recounted

At every stop, the General handed an envelope of 50, 000FCFA to every soldier and police officer wounded. He also handed an undisclosed amount  envelope to medical officers working at the two health facilities.

Brigadier General Nka Valere says, the mission was initiated by the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defense, to encourage the soldiers as they recover in hospital.


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