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September 17, 2006


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As I read through to the end, I felt a tear run down my cheek. This is exactly the health system that our government has nurtured. Doctors seem to forget that they swore a hippocratic oath to try to keep death away from us. We need some relevant change that would impact not only the Health System in Cameroon, but the socio-economic and political atmosphere. It is sad and that is all one can say.
It really is sad.


This is very sad andI can attest to thisbecausethishappens too manya time especially in the rural areas where the Doctor has no one who he/she can give accountability to. Thank goodness this is happening in front of the very eyes of foreign journalists and I hope that they can write on this and appear on major news agencies to make the case for the poor people of cameroon who have no voice. We need a change in the government. In short thesystem has failed and it is time for us to try out some thing else.


A good doctor can give account to self. There should be a way to stock these poor hospitals through gifts, but knowing that state, materials will be appropriated and sold by those who are supposed to care of the people.

These kinds of nightmare situations used to be described to us when we were growing up in West Cameroon, as being commonplace in East Cameroon, even in the big cities. Now they are part of our people's reality too.

Dyna Ngoy

My mother fell seriously ill, was rushed to a mission hospital in the South West Province of Cameroon at 4:00 p.m. (30 minutes after regular closing time) and just when the Doctor who stays less than 50 metres away from the hospital, had left. I went to the Doctor’s house and pleaded with him to attend to my very ill mother. The Doctor, in an emotionless manner told me he was closed for the day and he will only see my mother the following day at 8:00 a.m. The following day he came in at 9:00 a.m. and attended to my mother at 10:00 a.m. 18 hours after my mother was rushed to the hospital. It was already too late. My mother passed away a few days later.

If this Doctor could have attended to my mother when she was brought to the hospital, may be she could still have been alive today.

The Health System in Cameroon needs a complete overhaul!!!


Dyna Ngoy,

Accept my sympathy on the eventual death of your beloved mother, may her sould RIP. This tragedy befalls many many more Cameroonians everyday and it will continue to do so unfortunate for a long time to come.

The 'brave' conclusion you gave was'The Health System in Cameroon needs a complete overhaul!!!'.

You didn't heap blames on the doctor as many of us would have done, but this is not to say the doctor doesn't have a share of the blame, what this shows is a society in total state of decay and in dare need of some kind of a miracle.

What Cameroon needs, is a COMPRHENSIVE HEALTH POLICY, anything short of this, then we shall continue to see things like this for generations to come.

So unfortunate indeed.

Dyna Ngoy

Very unfortunate indeed. Thanks Emah.

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