COVID-19: Rapid Intervention Battalion steps up fight in Ngoketunjia, Empowers population

Administration and BIR Elements pose for a group photography

The Rapid Intervention Battalion has stepped up the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in Ngoketunjia Division, North West Caneroon. The humanitarian aid aimed at helping the population of Bangolan and Ndop fight the spread of the coronavirus was carried out by elements of the 3rd Rapid Intervention Batallion with french acronym 3ém BIR.

The people of Bangolan have not only suffered from inter-tribal conflicts but are also victims of the anglophone crisis. Due to the hardship imposed on them by  actions of the separatists fighters, wearing a face mask and owning hand sanitizer is a luxury many cannot afford.

"The ones we had were given at the hospital. They are old and worn out" Mme Adija said.

Ngoketunjia SDO hands to a beneficiary

The items distributed in Bangolan and Ndop comprises of 150 buckets with taps, 46 cartoons of soap, 42 litres of "La croix", and 850 face masks.

Apart from the gifts handed to the population,  the soldiers also lectured them on the need to respect measures put in place be government to curb the spread of the virus.

"We noticed that the population did not wear mask neither did they respect the other measures. We have sensitized them on how to prevent the spread of the coronavirus" Dr. Captain Kouamou Wati Boris Brice, assistant general coordinator of  health BIR said.

As reiterated by Major Hob Bea, commander of the 3rd Rapid Intervention Batallion, this action is not the first because it is a habit to include the population in their activities. They are therefore counting on their collaboration for their security and safety.

The actions on the field were presided over by Queton Handerson, Senior Divisional Officer for Ngoketujia division who called on the inhabitants to stay calm and collaborate with the forces of law and order as their presence in the division is for their own good.

From Bangolan to Ndop, the beneficiaries appreciated the gifts and pledge their readiness to stand by republican values for a one and indivisible Cameroon.

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