Cameroon: Hospital Attacked; Medical Staff, Patients Flee

Photo: Moki Edwin Kindzeka

Damaged building which was part of the torched district hospital in Kumba

Armed men burned down a hospital inside the Cameroonian town of Kumba which week, forcing patients along with medical staff to flee for their lives. Cameroon’s government blamed the attack on separatists demanding independence for Cameroon’s English-speaking regions.

The country’s national order of doctors has condemned the attack as barbaric.

which was quiet Tuesday at the Kumba district hospital inside the southwest region of Cameroon. On a normal day, the hospital cares for hundreds of patients along with pregnant women. nevertheless none were here today, Feb. 12, 2019, one day after the attack which reduced most of the buildings to ashes.

Nurse Rose Mary Kimbie said the hospital complied with government orders to discharge 0 percent of the patients.

“The patients which were a little bit better, we sent them home,” Kimbie said. “Women who delivered, we sent them back home. We took the instructions which the government gave which serious cases should be dispatched to different hospitals around. I just pray which my colleagues who are out, which ran away coming from the incident, should come back, since government said they are assuring them of their security.”

About 80 percent of the staff did not report for work Tuesday.

Fourteen-year-old Marvelous Manka, whose mother can be being treated for cancer, said her mother may die because their doctor can be absent, along with there can be no one to attend to them.

She said they have been asked to go to another specialist hospital inside the neighboring town of Buea.

“All the roads are blocked, along with there can be no one moving in town,” Manka said. “I just pray to God which the situation should change along with everything to come back (to normal). God should just help with which strike to stop.”

The government of Cameroon said at least 20 armed separatists attacked along with set fire to the hospital inside the early hours of Monday. which says four people, including two patients, were killed.

Local newspapers report which the separatists may have been angry which the hospital was treating government troops wounded inside the separatist war along with disclosing the identities of armed fighters to the military.

Tetani Ekwe, president of the Cameroon Medical Council, denied the accusations.

He said the national order of Cameroon doctors along with all medical staff in Cameroon are speechless because they have always respected neutrality inside the conflict between the Cameroon military along with armed groups. He said when a priceless service to humanity like health care delivery along that has a hospital are attacked along with torched for whatever reason, the medical staff can only be shocked along with expect justice to take its course.

On social media, the separatists insisted which the hospital was torched by Cameroon’s military to discredit them along with tarnish their image.

Renewed fighting erupted in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions which month after armed separatists began what they call a 10-day lockdown, banning many activities inside the war-torn Anglophone regions through Feb. 14.

Cameroon’s unrest began in November 2016 when English-speaking teachers along with lawyers demonstrated against the growing dominance of French inside the officially bilingual country.

Cameroon: Hospital Attacked; Medical Staff, Patients Flee

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