Monday, August 6, 2018

Yaounde Central Hospital Responds to Alleged Women's Sequestration Charge for Unpaid Bills


" I was surprised to see this information at the press review. I also saw unbearable photos of mothers-mothers on the floor, others under the bed, in a cramped room. Unacceptable and inhumane situation, "he said during a press briefing.

Indeed, Friday, August 03, 2018, Cameroonian newspapers announce that 10 mothers have been sequestered for several weeks at the maternity hospital of central Yaounde with their newborns, for unpaid bills. The information is very quickly commented on social networks.

According to the daily newspaper Le Jour Friday, August 3, ten mothers of babies were kept in a room commonly called "Kosovo" because they could not pay their bills, whose amounts vary between 200,000 and 300,000 francs CFA. Some of these moms spent two months in inhumane conditions.

Claiming that these false clich├ęs of disrespect for human dignity do not fit the reality, the director of the central hospital maintains that " it's pure manipulation ". Until last Friday, he claims that there was only one woman who was waiting for payment at the maternity ward, without being sequestered. And the last news, she returned home.

According to the Cameroon Tribune of Monday, August 6, 2018, this press briefing also allowed Professor Pierre Joseph Fouda to take stock of the social actions of the Central Hospital. According to him, " everything is done on a daily basis so that no woman dies giving life. The unconditional care of vital emergencies decided by the hierarchy is applied to the letter, although recovery is not easy .

We thus learn that in 2017, the shortfall of the hospital compared to caesarean kits was close to 13 million FCFA. This does not include the costs of surgery, anesthesia, laboratory, hospitalization and blood served. That's about 33 million in total.

In one year, says Prof. Pierre Joseph Fouda, more than 350 women had their children by caesarean section of the 4000 registered births. A good part comes from the peripheral structures and can not pay its bills. And after the deliverance, those who can pay do it. A social service and a poverty commission are in place to evaluate the various cases, allowing the general management to make fair and equitable decisions.

In this regard, it appears since January 2018 that the hospital released women for nearly seven million F, because the commission had concluded that they could not pay. The hospital can not continually do the social, Prof. Pierre Joseph Fouda calls for the involvement of all so that this health facility continues to perform its public service missions.