Medical doctors and Unions nationwide have condemned an assault on their female colleague by caregivers of a patient Sunday, November 3, at the district hospital in Efoulan, Yaoundé.
A medical doctor familiar with the story told Gina Informs that four men beat up the female physician practicing in Efoulan, Dr. Cecile Koumou, on Sunday night.
“She had 2 emergencies to take care of,” the source said. “She had to make a medical decision on who to start with, but one family felt they were not treated as a priority.”
Medical doctors practicing in Cameroon took to twitter Monday with the hashtag #jesuisDrKoumou (#IamDrKoumou), condemning the act and sympathising with her.
So, now a doctor can be beaten to a pulp at the job site. 🙌🏼 Should we now be afraid of going to work? Why are people directing their bad energy towards Lifesavers? Do you ever for once listen to our story? We are not magicians! Fix the system!
I am Dr. koumou!
— Sangwe, MD (The Rural Doctor) (@TheRuralDtor) November 4, 2019
Non mais c’est déjà trop! 07 ans d’école pour un salaire de misere et les Rientons viennent te froisser la blouse ? 🙄. Je vous préviens qu’on sais aussi manipuler le bistouri . La personne qui va s’égarer bénéficiera d’une laparo exploratrice gratuite😡 #jsuis Dr koumou.
— Nangue pascal (@Nanguepascal1) November 4, 2019
Cameroon’s Health Minister, Dr. Manaouda Malachie equally in a tweet condemned the act, adding that a complaint has been filed against the perpetrators.
I was very shocked this morning when I learned that a health care worker was assaulted while he was busy saving a life. I firmly condemn this act. I would like to warn its authors because we will now lodge a complaint against them
— Dr MANAOUDA MALACHIE (@DrManaouda) November 4, 2019
The Syndicate for Cameroon National Doctors Monday in a communique said they would not tolerate violence on medical practitioners.
“We would like to encourage fellow victims of such acts of violence as they perform their duties by denouncing them; no matter the case, assaults on staff would not be tolerated,” the communique read.
“Legal avenues for administrative and judicial concerns exist for complaints from patients and their families. The union (SYMEC) also provides judicial support for colleagues who are victims of such acts upon request,” it added.
Other medical unions such as the Cameroon Medical Council and the Cameroon National Syndicate of Private Physicians have equally condemned violence against medical practitioners.