Cameroon – Higher Education: Some Health professionals have refused to train again till further notice!

Written by Deckson N.

The Collectif des ordres professionnels de la Santé, an association of health professionals in a letter announced the suspension of its participation in the session of the National Commission of Medical Education, Pharmaceutical and Dentistry of Cameroon (CNFMP) as well as all activities referring to it. And will continue doing so until further notice.

The said correspondence dated 10 May is for Jacques Fame Ndongo, Minister of Higher Education. The association accused him of clandestinely giving accreditation to private institutions and, thus putting in harm the reform undertaken in their area in 2012.

Le Jour of June 16, 2016 reported that the bone of contention between the association and the Ministry of Higher Education is that “a private institute in Elat in the South Region and another in Foumbot have secretly received the authorization from MINESUP to train in medicine. At the MINESUP, this information is denied. According to an official in the communication cell, the Ministry of Higher Education has certainly received accreditation request files, but none of them has received approval, because they did not meet the training criteria.

The group consisting of the College of Physicians, the College of Pharmacists and the Order of dentists also argues that the tragedies that have occurred recently in hospitals in Cameroon are signs of deterioration in the quality of young doctors “manifestly unprepared for the reality of different medical professions.

It must be emphasized that in 2012 the Head of State Paul Biya had instructed reform of medical education in Cameroon. She was placed under the coordination of the Prime Minister. It aimed among others to provide the country with a “solid medical training envied by all and solve the problem of the quality of training caused by the multiplication of institutions do not meet industry standards.”

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