Cameroon – Public hospitals: Health workers have marched in Yaoundé to thank Paul Biya for the decrees that provide free health care

Written by Deckson N.

Last week the heads of the public health facilities sent a note to the medical personnel to invite them to this march.

As expected by the officials of the Public Hospitals, the march to thank Paul Biya the President of the Republic did take place on 21 March 2017 in Yaoundé in the Central Region. It must be said that it was last week that hospital officials made a public note. The latter invited the health personnel to take part in the march. The means found by the later to greet the presidential decrees that allocate bonuses to the medical and paramedical personnel. These decrees also ensure free care.

For the Daily Emergence edition of March 21, 2017, doctors were simply forced to “support Paul Biya“. As it reports these invitations have had a mixed reception. For example, the association of doctors of Cameroon published an open letter denouncing this approach. For the association it is an act that is outrageous to the image of the Cameroonian health system.

We find this injunction irregular, infantilizing, ostensibly contrary to any professional ethic and totally degrading to the image of Cameroonian health personnel. As a professional organization concerned with the image of the medical profession, Medcamer can not endorse such practices. We therefore urge every medical institution and doctor to bear in mind his duty, “said Massongo Massongo, Secretary General of the Association.

The Trade Union of Physicians of Cameroon in the same vein denounced this march. The union that already indicated that presidential decrees object of the march do not change much in the life of this medical staff.

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