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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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Intelligent, nice and hardworking: A friend to Nkeng Lizette paints saint-like picture of deceased

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A very close friend to Nkeng Lizette, killed and abandoned at a student hostel in Buea has describe the girl as nice, hardworking and intelligent

Tifuh Sandrine who has known Lizette for years now was speaking to TeboPost this day May 25th 2020, saying her friend was anything but those she now reads on social media

She describe the deceased as reserved with strong facility values and says she was from a very comfortable home.

“ it’s pains me when I read online and Peoppe say she was dating men for me money” Tifuh told TeboPost before adding, she was from a very comfortable home, went to one of the most expensive universities in this country was was suppose to be abroad if not for coronavirus for her post graduate program

She wasn’t into men as people put it and wasn’t materialistic beceuse her family provided her with all her needs

Her remarks about the deceased is in sharp contrast to what has been trending on social media where reports say she was dating two boys for money and was allegedly killed by one of them

The corpse of Nkeng Lizette was found in a hostel in Buea on May 23 2020 while already at an advance stage of decomposition

Reports say she had been killed five days later by unidentified person(s).

She was immediately buried by the hygiene and sanitation unit of Buea council.

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Cameroonians weep as medic walks Covid-19 patient to hospital on foot.

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Medic walks coronavirus patient in foot to hospital in Cameroon

Cameroonians have taken to social media to decry viral image of a medic accompanying a coronavirus patient to a hospital on foot

According to reports from Abong bang, A town in the east region of Cameroon, the patient was accompanied on foot beceuse the hospital does not have an ambulance

The viral image has raised question about government’s readiness to fight coronavirus in the country

On April 28, the world health organization came under fire for donating 14 luxurious vehicles to Cameroon as support to fight coronavirus

In a country with struggling healthcare system, many criticize the move, saying what the country needs more ambulances and other tools necessary to fight coronavirus rather than a fleet of luxurious cars for officials to speed around Yaounde.

As of today May 21st 2020, Cameroon has 3,733 infected cases with 1,595 recoveries and 146 deaths

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Biya’s medical equipment to kumba district hospital disappears

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 by Johnson mbu

The director of the kumba district hospital has questioned the where about of some medical equipment donated to the kumba district hospital by the president of the Republic Paul Biya.

Dr. Enongene Paul raised the question on Friday 15 may 2020 during a ceremony to receive medical equipment and a medical Ambulance offered to the hospital by the Head of state. The donation from the Head of state to the kumba district hospital which includes a medicalised Ambulance, 100 hospital beds and 100 hospital mattresses, two mobile x- ray machines, two portable ultra sound machines and three surgical kits, all these equipment did not reached its final destination as it was despatched by territorial administration minister Paul Atanga Nji
Speaking during the reception ceremony of these items, the director of the hospital said unfortunately at the time of delivery of the equipment, the two portable ultra sound machines and the three surgical kits were not amongst the items his hospital received despite the fact that they were well spelt out on the dispatched order from the office of the Governor of the south west region Bernard okalia Bilai. ” The big question is where are the two ultrasound machines and the three surgical kits ” Dr. Enongene lamented. With the disappearance of some of these presidential gesture to the kumba district hospital, tongues are now wagging as who is keeping the rest of the equipment when the dispatch order show all have been delivered to it’s final destination.
Receiving the items, Dr. Enongene expressed gratitude to president Paul Biya for coming to the aid of the hospital since part of the institution was raized on the 11 of February 2019 by unknown men stating that these gifts will go a long way to boost patients intake that had dropped due to lack of beds and other equipment to meet up with the population demand. The hospital had 188 beds but 80 were consumed by fire, its lone ambulance set ablaze along the kumba-Buea high way amongst other difficult the hospital has been going through since the fire incident on the hospital.
Handing over Paul Biya’s gift to the hospital, the senior divisional officer for meme Chamberlin Ntou’ou Ndong urged the regional Delegate of public health for the south west region Dr. Ebongo Zacks Nanje to provide the missing medical equipment to his office before this week runs out. The meme SDO wonders why will equipment destined for a hospital in kumba disappears between Buea and kumba with no concrete explanation.
It should be noted that the kumba district hospital is one of the biggest hospitals in the south west region and calls have multiplied for it to be upgraded to referral hospital.

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