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Cameroon: Outrage after patient’s caregivers attacked and beat up female medical doctor

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.

Cameroon’s Health Minister, Dr. Manaouda Malachie equally in a tweet condemned the act, adding that a complaint has been filed against the perpetrators.

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.

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