Health ministry vows to improve reception, medical care in public hospitals

By Dilian Welleng in Yaounde

Public Health Minister talking during the annual conference

Officials of the Ministry of Public Health have taken firm commitment to improve on reception and medical care in public health facilities.

They took the commitment during the Ministry’s annual conference of central and decentralised services.

The conference took place February 20 in Yaounde.

The annual meeting held under the theme, “Agenda for the transformation of the Cameroonian health system: time to act”

Stakeholders at the conference discussed on several issues including: improving human resource management, retirement and wages system, medical products, health financing and leadership and governance. 

Based on the ministry’s earmarked agenda for change, the health officials agreed that universal health coverage as recommended by the World Health Organisation must be effectively implemented from 2020.

The transformational program, it should be said, also gives room for the capacities of health personnel to be strengthened with the result based approach as a yard stick.

Health experts equally agreed that administrative ethics and the deontology of the nursing profession should be at the centre of the practice.

To achieve this, stakeholders said, “It will be monitored as early as graduates leave school”.

Public Health Minister, Manaouda Malachie, talking to public health administrators during the conference said, “The health sector is strategic, sensitive and determinant”.

He added that “this is the reason why public health care administrators need to step up efforts to see that all Cameroonians get quality health care”.

The Minister went on to disclose that tips on professionalism will be particularly dished out to young professionals once they are deployed to the field.

The Minister of Public Health Manaouda Malachie, since his appointment in January 2019 has been clamouring for quality health care in hospitals.

He had in meeting held late last year in Yaounde urged medical personnel to make hospitals in Cameroon more caring and welcoming to patients.

He called on them to question their attitudes as medical staff and see whether in case a tragedy occurs, they would be able to swear, hands on their chest, that they did their best to avoid that.

It should be recalled that Dr Manaouda Malachie had equally frowned at the quality of health care offered in hospitals in Douala. The minister concluded that healthcare services in the town were poor after a surprise visit to the Lanquintinine hospital and the Deido District hospital on June 27.

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