Michelle Nintcheu Reacts To Govt’s XAF 22 Bln Spend On Covid-19 Response

Jean Michelle Nintcheu, politician and militant of the SDF party has reacted to figures declared by the Minister of public health on response to Covid-19 in Cameroon

On Wednesday July 22, Minister Manaouda Malachie declared on state media CRTV that the Cameroon government had spent 22 billion CFA in the fight against the novel coronavirus

Reacting on Équinoxe television on Monday, Nintcheu said the minister probably wanted to enrich himself to the distress of Cameroonians

Most gifts, he said, which were donated freely to help the government fight against the virus, were traded for personal benefits.

“About the rice given by the ORCH supermarket company which Dr Manaouda claims to have distributed to the the 10 regions, I saw some being sold here in Douala” Nintcheu added.

Last Wednesday, the minister earlier revealed that over 19 billion CFA francs was taken from the Public treasury account.

Two (2) billion in the Bgfi account and more than 150 million CFA francs in UBA Bank account.

Spent On Covid-19 Response

Public health minister further said four (4) billion FCFA was used for the construction and equipment of 12 Isolation Centers: one in each region and two at the airports of Douala and Yaoundé.

Two (2) billion CFA francs were transferred to the regions, to the governors and to the regional delegates of Public Health, to care for the sick.

One (1) billion for tests, 11 billion CFA francs for medical equipment and more than 800 million CFA francs to ensure quarantine.

He added that he ensured all expenses were made respecting the procurement procedures which were then introduced to the Ministry of Finance for the disbursement of funds.

It should be noted that since the outbreak of the pandemic, the health ministry said it had done 145,000 screening tests.

Recent statistics shows Cameroon has 16,708 confirmed coronavirus cases, 14,539 recovered and 385 deaths.

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