The Director of the Bamenda Regional Hospital has described the announcement by the President of the Republic Paul Biya during his end of year message last December 31 of a Universal health coverage for Cameroonians as one of the good things contained in his speech.
Talking to The Guardian Post after the President’s speech, Dr Kingue Thompson Njie appreciated the plan saying “I have listened to so many reactions to the end of year speech which was made by the Head of State. A lot of people dwelled on many things and little room has been given so far to the importance of having Universal health coverage in Cameroon. I think amongst the good things: amongst the good promises that were made by the Head of state, that was number one.
On what Universal Health Coverage means, the Director explained “You see with the Universal Health Coverage one thing that Cameroonians are going to realize is that the number of preventable deaths is certainly going to reduce. There are many people who die not because they had to but because they had to stay at home with their illnesses. Those illnesses got complicated to a point where Doctors could no longer do anything. They arrive the hospital late and they don’t even have the means to pay for services and they die.”  Acknowledging that everyone will die someday, Dr Kingue maintained that many Cameroonians have died with preventable illnesses.
As to how beneficial such a health plan will be to Cameroonians, “with Universal health coverage which will improve on access to healthcare, hospitals, Doctors are going to see people earlier with their problems, patients will not be required to pay on spot for the services, everything will be done as fast as it should be done and payments are looked into later on.” Dr Kingue said.
Noting that hospital has been tagged as breeding grounds for corruption, the health expert for intimated that the Universal health coverage plan will be a panacea for the worm that has eaten deep into Cameroon’s hospital since hospital staff will understand that patients will no longer carry money on them.
Expressing the wish to see the coverage come to fulfillment soon, Dr Kingue proposed with the example of the Ghana model that puts the executors of the programme on a completive environment that prevents monopoly.
Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or debakah2004@gmail.com.

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