From the 22nd to the 27th of January 2018, Bafoussam was the venue of intensive training of the North West Rapid Response Team (RRT). The team was made up of about thirty (30) individuals from various backgrounds: Clinicians, veterinians, Epidemiologists, Lab Scientists, WASH experts, Communicators, expert in psychosocial assistance, Data managers, Logisticians. The training workshop was done by the department of Control of Diseases, Epidemics and Pandemics of the Ministry of Public health in Partnership with Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Cameroon Field Epidemiology Training Program (CAFETP).
On behave of the North West Regional Delegate for Public Health Dr. CHE Kingsley, the coordinator for CERPLE Dr. NKWECHE Charles expressed the necessity of a such training for the North west and the constitution of an alert team, for the Region is found in a tropical zone with forest where epidemics can spread rapidly, the zone is highly populated and the Cameroon share border through the North West Region with Nigeria who registered some cases of the dreaded Ebola Virus during the epidemic in some West Africa Countries.
He went further by saying as “the North West Team has been drilled, he will henceforth lean on competent agents to prevent or manage any Emergency situation likely to affect the Region. The RRT initially acts as a stabilizing agent during the first phase of an outbreak and essentially be able to act immediately (24 to 72 hours) after notification of a suspected case” end of quotes.
It’s worth to note that the RRT is a multidisciplinary team whose purpose is to ensure detection and a rapid response in the event of epidemics or other public health events like Ebola Virus, Cholera, or any event likely to cause harm to individuals or domestic animals.
The training ended with the award of certificates to participants.