Mundialisation for some, globalisation for others. Whatever the importance one would want to give them, the fact remains that the popularization of these two consanguineous terms will have taken place in the wake of the disappearance of the Eastern Bloc. Hope was then nourished that with the end of the hegemonic rivalries between super powers, the longed contained energies of fear would finally be released. The world would become more egalitarian in the distribution of responsibilities, and the repartition of resources.
Three decades later, it must be recognized that the long-awaited collaborative governance has given way to a return to the pretence of the wealthy, with ideological, cultural and commercial flows being more than ever in one direction. Even the emergence of health perils borrowed from this North-South axis. These include mad cow disease, dioxin chicken, avian flu episodes, and today SARSCOV-2, aka COVID-19. The only downside: the dazzling virus that indiscriminately leads peoples and nations to mourning would be the only truly globalized thing today.
But despite the harmful effects of this pandemic on human activity, the spirit of solidarity which should be in place in these times of planetary distress is replaced by an egotistical inclination to the thesaurization of vaccine production. One would certainly not be that far from a future health diplomacy with purely and simply lenient conditionality. Even more so, in support of sovereignty in health modes, there is an increase in mercantilist appetites on the part of pharmaceutical companies.
In addition, when at the prohibitive cost of medicinal products, when to the comminatory intentionalities, we add the restrictive measures of social activity; it may seem that the circle has come to its end, and that soon the death knell will sound for the peoples described as underprivileged. Except that on the comparative scale of affection and morality rates, Cameroon does better than resilience. We are in active resistance to Covid-19.
Perhaps, in her impenetrable leniency, nature would have endowed us with an above-average degree of immunity. As much as to make this immunity supplemented, by a strict observance of the rules of personal and social hygiene. COVID-19 has indeed, sufficiently highlighted that with very few means and a lot of self-discipline, it is possible to guard against it.
Respect for barrier measures is in this regard, the universal precaution that permits at the same time to avoid the disease, to ensure the normality of social activity, and finally, to prevent our country from having to suffer disappointments from health diktat: neo-slavery in the process of experimentation.
Because it is the same with COVID-19 like other infections, to know : Prevention is better than cure, let’s show patriotism to health, let's go back to our good old barrier measures.
Navy Captain Cyrille Serge ATONFACK GUEMO Head of Communication Division / MINDEF