During World Health Worker Week 2020, the U.S. Embassy commends all Cameroonian health workers fighting COVID-19 who provide lifesaving care and protect others from the disease. We offer our condolences to the family and friends of those Cameroonian health professionals and others who have lost their lives to COVID-19. We can honor these health worker heroes by doing our part to reduce the spread of infection, washing hands frequently with soap and water, practicing social distancing, and adopting basic health and hygiene practices.
The Unites States is committed to assisting Cameroon in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the construction of the Public Health Emergency Operations Center in Yaoundé and the training of its staff, the U.S. government has facilitated the accreditation of five laboratories in Cameroon, including Centre Pasteur Cameroon in Yaoundé, which can perform tests to detect COVID-19. We are proud to be able to work alongside the many dedicated, capable public health specialists under the guidance of the Minister of Public Health as well as with other partners.
The United States is providing technical and financial support for the COVID-19 response in Cameroon and most recently announced a new investment of $1.4 million to increase infection control in key health facilities, strengthen laboratories and surveillance, prepare communities, and bolster local messaging in Cameroon.
During this World Health Worker Week, we ask the government and armed opposition groups to allow unfettered access to health care and humanitarian assistance workers, and call on the government to allow the UN Humanitarian Air Service ato continue to transport these actors and medical supplies to assist people in need and fight COVID-19.