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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Anglophone Crisis: 'Medicines Without Borders' arrives in Bamenda

Members of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), are already in Bamenda to start treating victims of war, victims of natural or man-made disasters, among others. Their arrival is opportune, because many victims of armed conflicts (gunshot wounds) are denied treatment because many health centers close their structures.

MSF members will begin their actual work this Sunday.

They will work in the 7 districts and in 13 health centers in the department of Mezam.

But one official told CNA that 4 ambulances will be posted in four locations and will be able to transport all victims to their points via the Bamenda Regional Hospital.

"As in any scenario of armed conflict, the civilian population pays the consequences of violence, insecurity and fear," explained in April 2018 Alberto Jodra Marcos, head of mission of the NGO Médecins sans Frontières-Suisse in Cameroon.

The NGO specializes in providing treatment to victims, regardless of their political affiliation or religious background.

They can also advocate for peace to improve the lives of the people they care for.

However, it is unclear whether the army will allow them to treat their victims, as was the case in several hospitals and health centers, where soldiers harassed doctors, nurses and patients, forcing many hospitals to close.