Cameroon – Public health: The hemodialysis crisis makes its first victims in Yaoundé

Written by Deckson N.

La Nouvelle Expression speaks of two deaths in the general hospital while the situation of the patients remains unchanged.

In its July 4, 2017 issue, La Nouvelle Expression (LNE) reports that a hemodialysis patient died at Yaoundé General Hospital following the current dialysis crisis in this hospital. She is a patient who has seen her case get worse after being abandoned.

Weeping and shouting at the Eleveurs neighborhood, in the place called Mvog-Ebanda. In this village not far from the general hospital, a family mourns its mother. The deceased, a patient under dialysis, died, following complications due to the failure to take charge of her disease. Her relatives say that she would have gone to the hospital “for two weeks” for follow-up. At the hospital, she and other patients had been redirected to Mbalmayo, where follow-up was possible. Except that the woman in her 30s, mother of two children, was waiting to find the money to join the city, “the paper said.

Another hemodialysis patient reportedly died in the same hospital. Our colleague gathered testimonies from other patients who talk about an accident. “It is the lift, which has been out of order for several years, which is at the origin of the death of Mvondo. After his dialysis session, he collapsed and broke his legs. In an attempt to save his life, he was operated on but, unfortunately, lost his life during the operation, “they say.

These tragedies occur as the dialysis crisis that has been shaking the general hospital of Yaounde for a few days has not yet found a way out. Until last Monday, the patients still denounced the conditions of their care.

LNE reiterates their claims, contained in a letter that the hemodialysis had addressed to the director general of this hospital on April 4, 2017. They spoke among others of: untimely rupture of the dialysis equipment; Shortage of machines; Long digital scale failure; Failure of the lift for several years; Water ta[ that threatens to stop. Three months later, the situation has not changed.

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