On April 9, the head of the department, Manaouda Malachie, speaking on social media about the new direction that the public wanted to give to his communication on the subject, announced that he was now going to “simply publish only information on the evolution of his strategy, serious cases, cured cases, deaths and barrier measures.”
The following day, however, the Ministry, in its final bulletin, reported a national situation of 820 positive cases, including 17 new cases, 710 active cases, 98 recoveries and 12 deaths. Since then, the member of the government has only talked about his exchanges with media professionals in charge of health issues, or reminded the public of the obligation to wear masks in public places.
On Tuesday evening, however, he reported “about 30 people on oxygen in the health facilities, while there are more than 165 recoveries and 17 deaths. He stressed: “The government continues to make every effort to control the pandemic. We must also do our part!”
While Ministry declined to comment on the issue, a source close to the competent services, speaking anonymously, after putting forward 1,115 cases as of 14 April, said the decision to stop communicating on the evolution of the pandemic in Cameroon “came from the top of the state, anxious not to panic the population.”
“It is a government ploy, which I can explain by the concern to “maintain order.” We must never forget that the software of this government is always to make sure that no one wants to start an uprising,” said Haman Mana, the editor of the privately-owned daily Le Jour.
Clément Tayo, a specialist in information and communication sciences, believes that the government’s stance is aimed at hiding the catastrophic results of the retaliation against Covid-19: “It is clear that the figures put forward so far are being manipulated, and I wondered whether they would be able to count up to 1,000 cases.”