Public Health: Combating Emerging, Re-emerging Infections

The third edition of the Scientific Days of Centre Pasteur du Cameroon opened in Yaounde on September 28, 2016.

 

Globally, infectious emerging or re-emerging diseases constitute one of the major challenges to public health in the next decades. Already, the last three decades have been marked by the appearances of several lethal diseases notably HIV/AIDS, Ebola Virus Fever and Zika Virus, among others. In the same vein, some diseases which seemed to have been eradicated have reappeared such as cow-pox, bird flu, measles, poliomyelitis, yaws and tuberculosis, among others. These diseases have a common factor in that they are shared by man and animals and are transmitted from man to animals and vice versa.

It is in this light that the third edition of the Scientific Days of the Centre Pasteur du Cameroun (JSCPC) opened in Yaounde on Wednesday September 28, 2016 on the theme; “Emerging and re-emerging infections”.

Speaking at the opening, the Minister of Public Health, André Mama Fouda called on public and private sectors to be vigilant in the fight against emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. This, according to him, can only be achieved through prevention, efficient vaccination of children, surveillance, riposte which must be fast and efficient and research with the support of international partners.

The objective of this edition is to bring together the different actors in human and animal health, anthropology and its deciders on the problem of emerging and re-emerging infections. The major activities for this year are scientific conferences and exhibitions by enterprises and partner organisations. At the end of the scientific days, it is expected that all actors will be sensitised in order that the “One Health” approach will be taken into consideration in the fight against these infections.

 

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