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A grieving Gouatchié smiles for visiting Kamto as thousands say welcome

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A grieving Bafoussam opens it heart for visiting Kamto

President of Cameroon Renaissance Movement MRC Maurice Kamto is the latest among the list of personalities to visit Gouatchie-Bafoussam landslide victims

The West region has been on the spotlight following the deadly landslide on October 28th 2019 in Gouatchié which killed more than 50 persons, leaving the region in shock and the nation searching its fragile political soul.

Combative and tireless MINAT boss Paul Atanga Nji was one of the first senior senior government officials to arrive the scene with a 200 million package and a three man ministerial delegation after local adminsiators, opening the gates to high profile celebrity visits like rapper Stanley Enow, singer Wax Dey and now government nemesis Kamto with the prime minister awaited there on November 9th 2019.

Images of “I am Bafoussam” has were quick to trend on social media, government responded speedily to the crisis, drawing rare applause from the population even though many agree they have to do more to prevent future disastsers which should be preventable if housing market is properly regulated and citizens evicted from unsafe zones.

Amongst the list of high profile dignagories and celebrities who have visited victims of the landslide in Bafoussam lately, most of their welcoming pale in comparison with the crowd size which welcomed Maurice Kamto today November 7th 2019

The son of the soil and opposition leader is visiting his region of origin for the first time since he was released by a Presidential pardon on October 5th 2019 after the major national dialogue

Kamto’s visist to a people in mourning drew thousands of supporters and sympathizers of his party who trooped the city streets to welcome an illustrious son.

Denizens of Bafoussam carried olive branches (which symbolizes  Peace) and some wore t-shirts of his party, barricaded the streets as many struggle to have a glimpse of a man whose supporters say is the winner of the 2018 Presidential election-one of the very reasons he was jailed earlier this year.

Maurice Kamto was in no political mode none the less, refusing to take advantage of the people’s plights for political gains as he went about consoling victims and visiting hospitals to see for himself the degree of damages caused by the disaster which has kep the nation mourning.

It’s the first time he is seen in the public after his release from prison. He wasn’t seen during a foiled protest organized by his party in some areas of the country last week end.

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Buea hospital Director reacts to TeboPost reports about ongoing crisis at the kidney center

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The Director of the Buea refional hospital Annex Dr Martin Mokake has reacted to the reports of price hikes at his hemodialysis center and patients running to other downs for dialysis.

According to a message he sends to TeboPost management, the youngest hospital Director in the country says his management is not aware of the developments reported  by TeboPost but says they are open for more information and will investigate some of the things mentioned in the report.

“The last time I checked which was three days ago, there has been no such event in our center” he writes

“Perhaps you have information you want to share with us about patients who were ask to pay these sum……we can open an investigate and send report to hierarchy” Dr Mokake concluded

Dr Mokake who was installed few months ago had said his administration will prioritize among other things the building of a feedback oriented hospital.

TeboPost had reported an increase of prices up to 500% at the Buea hemodialysis center due to faulty machines. Many patients say they can’t afford the price and have fled the center to other regions.

Lack of machines also mean the few patients still there can only carry out dialysis once a week instead of the traditional two times a week for the patients, worsening their condition in the long run.

Sources at the center had told TeboPost patients were advised to go to other centers across the country. Atleast 5 patients are presently in Ebolowa for the life-saving treatment

TeboPost can independently confirm that at least one person has died due to the crisis.

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Crisis at Buea Kidney center: One dead, many flee as dialysis prices go up 500%

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Patients of the Buea regional hamodialysis center are living some of their worst moments. Reports say one has already died due to inability to undergo dialysis and many others are on the run to other cities for those who can afford as they seek the life saving treatment

Poor maintenance of hemodialysis machines meant to dehydrate waste from close to 200 patients with kidney failure has led to the complete break down, forcing some patients to move to other towns and leaving others to die at home.

Reports say medical officials are charging as much as 25 000 Frs for each patient to be put on dialysis
when the actual price stands at 5000frs

“They have three emergency machines still working and it’s charged 25 000 Frs per session, I just can’t afford it so I am moving to Ebolowa” one patient told TeboPost

One Official at the center whose name we are withholding because she is not allowed to speak on behalf of the center say the emergency machines are used only for extreme cases and patients have been advised to move to other towns.

But patients say officials at the center are favoring the rich by raising the prices to 25 000 which many of them can not afford

Most patients with kidney diseases are required to undergo hemodialysis two times a week. It’s an artificial means of removing waste from their system by purifying their blood since their kidney(s) can not longer function

There is atleast one  hemodialysis center in all regions of the country. Reports of faulty machines in most center means many have died across the country due to inability to take dialysis.

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One dead, over 20 rescued after canoe capsizes in Idenau

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One person died and over 20 others were rescued after a long and narrow canoe sank on Monday off Idenau, a seaside resort town in south-western Cameroon, according to the Cameroon Navy.

Survivors said local fishermen were the first to arrive and rescue passengers when the canoe started sinking.

Rescuers from the Cameroon Navy later joined the fishermen in the rescue operation that was “quite successful”, according to the Navy officials.

One person dove into the sea in an attempt to swim to safety but did not make it, the officials said.

Rescue mission continues to search for “any missing persons”.

The passengers, mostly students and traders of Cameroonian and Nigerian nationalities, were travelling from Mundemba, another Cameroonian town to Idenau by sea.

Passengers in remote areas of Cameroon’s English-speaking region of Southwest now prefer to travel by sea as a result of a separatist conflict that has displaced thousands and killed hundreds in the region.

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