Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Laquintinie Hospital Scandal: TFF Condemns Irresponsible Behavior, Calls on Gov’t To Establish Responsibilities

Bamenda, Cameroon—According to a press release sent to our newsroom by Mr. Mokun Njouny Nelson, The Fomunyoh Foundation (TFF) condemns in the strongest terms all the irresponsible behavior as well as manipulations of any kind that affect the lives and dignity of human beings. It invites the Cameroonian government to establish responsibilities and to draw all the consequences, so that such events will never happen again in our national triangle.

See full press release below:
Dr. Christopher Fumunyoh, President of TFF

It is with deep emotion and great consternation that we learned the sad events of recent days involving some Cameroonian hospitals, especially with the quality of their reception and care for people admitted to the emergency units. After the case of Ms Ngo Kana, a young doctor who died while giving birth, the current case of Ms. Monique Koumate has once again plunged all souls with a bit of humanism into fear and worry.

While extending condolences to the concerned families and the entire national community, the Fomunyoh Foundation condemns in the strongest terms all the irresponsible behavior and manipulation of any kind that affect the lives and dignity of human beings . It invites the Cameroonian government to establish responsibilities and to draw all the consequences, so that such events should never happen again in our national triangle.

The Fomunyoh Foundation draws the attention of medical personnel of all hospitals, public or private, on their homework to save lives, regardless of the social status of people or any other consideration. While recognizing the difficult conditions under which they work, the sanctity of life must always take precedence over demotivation and any form of pursued of financial gains.

Moreover, these recent events challenge at the highest level the President of the Republic and his government, that the Cameroonian health system be reformed and improved to be at the service of the people. It is also urgent to establish a universal health care coverage that will ensure universal access to prompt and quality care to all Cameroonians.

The Fomunyoh Foundation remains strongly mobilized and attentive to closely monitor the situation in our hospital units , in accordance with its humanitarian work and the protection of human rights, to provide a better life for the most vulnerable people of our country.

Done in Bamenda, 14 March 2016
The Fomunyoh Foundation
Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh

Pope Francis Approves Creation Of Kumba Diocese

Yaounde, Cameroon—The head of the Roman Catholic church, Pope Francis on Tuesday March 15, 2016 approved the creation of the new diocese of Kumba in the Southwest region of Cameroon.
Pope Francis

With territory taken from the Diocese of Buea, making it a suffragan of the metropolitan see of Bamenda, the new diocese has a population of some 564,000 with about 200,000 of them being Catholic. They are served by just 38 priests and 44 religious.

The Holy Father also appointed 52 years old Bishop Agapitus Enuyehnyoh Nfon as pioneer Bishop of the newly created Kumba diocese. Until his appointment, he was serving as the auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bamenda.

New Bishop for Ngaoundere
The head of the Roman Catholic Church equally appointed Msgr. Emmanuel Abbo as bishop of the Ngaoundere diocese which was orphaned in January 2015. Until his appointment, the 47 years old was serving as apostolic administrator of the same diocese.

The Diocese of Ngaoundere has just 44,000 Catholics in a population of more than one million. They are served by some 35 priests, 10 permanent deacons, and about 100 religious.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Aid Organization To Carry Out 600-1000 Free Surgical Operations In Cameroon

Mbot, Cameroon—A massive campaign to provide free medical services to some disadvantaged communities in Cameroon would take place in the village of Mbot in the country’s Northwest region from May 25 to June 3, 2016.

The campaign dubbed Mbot Mission Trip (MMT) 2016 has been organized by the Omer Yembe Foundation; a charitable 501c3 entity created and registered in the State of Texas, USA in 2015.

“This is will be a massive campaign for a better life led by Dr George Bwelle and his team. They will address medical, dental and surgical cases for the first six hundred to one thousand people including adults and children,” Dr Enaka M. Yembe, president of the Omer Yembe Foundation said in a statement.
Dr Georges Bwelle will lead the medical team to Mbot

Dr. Georges Bwelle, a general surgeon at the central hospital in the Cameroon capital is also founder of ASCOVIME, a grassroots volunteer organization committed to fighting illiteracy and disease in the country.

He and his ASCOVIME team will remain at the Omer Yembe Memorial Medical Center in Mbot where they will provide free consultations, examinations, medications, and operations if necessary during the eight days health campaign.

“Our mission is to improve the health, education and wellbeing of the poorest people in and around Mbot. This is a population of about 2,500 inhabitants and up to 10,000 if you consider the surrounding villages,” the president of the Omer Yembe Foundation said of the campaign.

According to the World Bank, an estimated 1.2 billion live in extreme poverty (defined as those who live on less than 1, 25 USD per day) worldwide. Poverty and disease are stuck in an ongoing, vicious relationship. One goes a long way towards intensifying the other with studies demonstrating that infection rates of certain diseases are highest in regions where poverty is rife.

“This is a painful reality in remote villages in many third world countries. We have set our focus on one of them - on the village of Mbot,” Dr. Enaka said.

The US-based medical doctor explained that by organizing the health campaign, the vision of the charity organization is to break the vicious cycle of the direct impact of poverty on the health and wellbeing ‘of our people’ and create a positive change for generations to come.

By Ndi Eugene Ndi in Yaounde

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Precipitated Elections: NUDP Militants Urged To “Be Ready For Any Eventualities”

Yaoundé, Cameroon—Militants of the National Union for Democracy and Progress, the NUDP party have been urged to be ready for any eventualities amidst calls from their peers ruling party, for president Biya to call early elections.
NUDP party chairman, Bello Bouba Maigari gave the advice to militants of his party in Yaoundé on Saturday February 20, 2016 as he received 2016 best wishes from militants of the CPDM ally political party.
Bello Bouba (R), Ndansi whispering NUDP Politics in Misaje (archives)
Bello Bouba told supporters of his party that the main thrust of the political party for the year 2016 is to complete the reorganization of its basic organs in conformity with its statutes.
He urged the youth and women’s wing of the 25years old party whom he described as “engine of the party” to get involved in the reorganization process and ensure it is completed before the party’s congress in 2017.
And his message was understood by the youths of the party who said they are determined to come to the congress next year with democratically elected militants.
“We are very ready for the reorganistion process. We are calling on all the youths of the party not just to participate in the reorganization but to also occupy important positions within the ranks of the party,” NUDP national youth president, Ndansi Elvis said.
The party’s youth wing president who will come to the end of his first five year occupancy in 2017 said he will seek another mandate if his peers give him another chance.
“My stewardship will be evaluated by all the youths of my party and if they give me another chance that will be welcomed because I still fall within the age bracket that will permit me to stand,” Ndansi Elvis stated.
Yandal steals show
Celestin Yandal, a supporter of the NUDP party who spent to close to two years in jail over electoral problems emanating from the 2013 legislative and municipal election in the Touboro council area in the North region was saluted by the party.
NUDP party chairman, described Yandal as combatant of democracy while Ndansi Elvis, the party’s youth wing president described his release as a victory.
“His release has proven to us the youths that when we are the fight for democracy we should be courageous because justice will always prevail. It is also an opportunity for us to thank the justice system of our country that despite the delays, he was released finally and we are proud that a young man like him was able to bring victory tour party,” Ndansi Elvis said of Celestin Yandal’s release.
The New Year wishes ceremony was also a moment to pay tributes to some supporters of the party who passed on to eternity like the late Hon Sona Elonge, one-time Member of Parliament for the Kumba urban constituency who the NUDP chairman described as a committed militant.
“He has been a staunch and committed militant. A militant whose sound vision and advise has been sort throughout these years as member of our party,” the NUDP national chairman said of the late Hon Sona Elonge who reportedly died in January this year.

Yaoundé On Alert Over Alleged Boko Haram Infiltration

Yaounde, Cameroon—Security has been beefed up in the Cameroon capital, Yaoundé following what authorities have termed a possible terrorist attack by the Nigerian jihadist group, Boko Haram.
Defence minister Joseph Beti Assomo urged that security be reinforced in strategic locations, including government offices, army barracks, military hospitals and crowded places.
Mr Assomo also ordered the immediate closure of the Northern entrance to the Defence ministry headquarters, which faces the French Embassy in Yaoundé, as well the erection of speed breaks in front of the military garrison hospital.
This reporter could not independently verify allegations that over 80 Boko Haram militants recently infiltrated the town.
Though Yaoundé has not been targeted before by the group that has killed tens of Cameroonians in the Far North Region, the Defence minister’s order has been seen by many as a response to the above allegations.
At least 20 people died and over 50 others were injured following a twin suicide attack on a market in Mora late last month. The attack, like previous ones, was attributed to the Boko Haram, which has carried out close to 100 strikes in the Far North since the beginning of the year.
Amnesty International says the Nigerian-based Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 people in its seven-year insurgency. It has since last year stepped up attacks in neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
Cameroon is part of an 8,700-strong joint Military Task-Force (MNJTF) set up to combat the jihadists.
MNJTF comprises units from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin.
By africareview.com