MEDICAL EVACUATION FARCE IN KAMERUN

22 Apr

By Nwanatifu Nwaco

Usually I don’t wish people dead but I am going to make an exception for Cameroons state elites. This kleptocratic brood tour the world attending white elephant conferences and bogus work missions which are in effect vacations to tax havens to hoard their loot of the public treasury. I wonder what do they think and feel when they go to developed and emerging economies, and get first class treatment in places with state of the art infrastructure!? Once they return to Cameroon they cruise in 4WD jeeps and don’t feel the bumpiness of our roads, they jump queues at public offices, receive military escort and state protocol to every place they want to go, well ventilated and air conditioned homes and offices.
Despite all these privileges they still cant summon the decency to invest in public health infrastructure, when they get a headache they request and get permission for medical evacuation to India, South Africa, Europe and America.Our hospitals are in short supply of lifesaving equipment and given the fact that the health care sector is very bureaucratic, witch-doctors, cure-all-diseases miracle workers of God, charlatans and quacks are getting a bite on our desperate population which is increasingly taking out its anger via mobs on health personnel whereas the real culprits are state elites in charge of health policy. Health care training institutions remain general and very elitist too, with a dysfunctional social security and corporate insurance scheme that could rescue in terms of costs.

Human resource flight abroad faced with little career incentives has paralysed the system further. What if these better health care countries celebrated inefficiency as we do now, they would not have the advanced health care systems today. Public health in the 21st century is a human right not a favour to reward political constituencies.

Please could any Cameroonian explain to me why is it that all the dismissed or arrested former government officials and ministers always claim to be very sick and need to be urgently evacuated abroad for intensive medical care once the tribunal begins prosecuting them for embezzlement of public funds? At least their passports have been confiscated, but will justice be served? The more reason why they should be chained to their sick beds! they want to go ”abroad” for medical treatment after siphoning funds meant to build,equip and staff our own hospitals.

I just hate it when I hear that a minister or regime baron needs to go for treatment abroad…they shop in Dubai, eat in Paris, attend church in Rome, vacation in the Caribbean, bank in Geneva and when they die they want to be buried in the land of their dear ancestors. my question for them is whether Cameroon is a graveyard!?I wish death on transit or shortly on arrival to any top level government guru whom because of their position can afford to seek treatment abroad whereas the ordinary Cameroonian is left at the mercy of trial and error, and most obviously poverty and lack of access to either these developed health care facilities or sheer visa restrictions.

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