Taking advantage of health services during COVID-19 is an important policy for improving health outcomes. However, during this health crisis, demand-side barriers to health care are equally as important as supply-side barriers in stopping people from obtaining treatment. 

In Cameroon, we integrated data from the Covid-19 bulletin of the World Health Organization with data from the Coronavirus Impact Assessment Survey of the National Institute of Statistics. According to the data, 61.2 percent of respondents utilized hospitals less during the health crisis.

Fear of the Covid-19 pandemic influences the likelihood of attending to the hospital. The results, however, differ based on the respondents’ occupation and where they live. Less excursions and job suspensions explain the low hospital attendance during this period. We recommend for extensive community awareness of the importance of obtaining official health care in accordance with pandemic-fighting measures based on these findings.

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