By Basil K Mbuye
Measures have been taken by the Southwest Governor, Bernard Okalia Bilai, to fight against the Coronavirus pandemic in the Region, but some observers have held that potential enablers of the virus have been ignored.
These are hawkers of cooked food that range from those selling ‘pot’ (cooked hide, liver, meat), snails, fish pie, among others. Hawkers of these cooked foods, who are mostly children who move around and can be potential enablers of the COVID 19 spread. Regrettably, since the coming of the COVID 19 pandemic, these hawkers are yet to adopt personal hygiene measures to show that they are aware of the pandemic.
For those selling ‘pot’ (cooked hide, liver, meat), the situation is worrisome. This is because buyers use a toothpick to select what they like to take and, most of the time, some are even doing so while talking on the open pot. With their hands not washed when they are to select the meat of their choice, they risk spreading the virus, if they had picked the virus earlier on. Since this is mostly sold by kids, the tendency of negligence on their part is also high.
It is the same situation for those hawking cooked snails with the hygiene questionable. Because some of these kids usually leave Tiko or Mutengene to come and hawk in Buea, they could also help in spreading the virus. Buyers are always the ones who send their hands in the buckets to make their choices of the snail steaks. With no measures of health safety by these hawkers, there is a high risk of spreading the virus.
Gateaux sellers are other potential enablers of the spread of this virus.
Despite the havoc caused by the Coronavirus, measures are not put in place by these hawkers of cooked food to reduce the spread of this virus.