By Augustine Nyuykongi
Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health Dr. Manaouda Malachie has asked hospital staff at the Yaoundé Gyneco Hospital to discharge at least 30 patients who were being held for not paying hospital bills.
According to Minister Manaouda Malachie, the gesture was done on behalf of the Presidential couple. The decision according to him was to enable the needy to enjoy some comfort as they entered the new year 2022.
Dr. Manaouda Malachie on a tour of hospitals in Yaoundé also used the opportunity to express his satisfaction with medical personnel whom he said have exercised their duties diligently.
The phenomenon of patients held at hospitals for unpaid bills is nothing recent in Cameroon. The Guardian Post Newspaper reports of another case in a viral video where a lady and her children were held captive at a hospital for unpaid bills.
The lady in question is reported to have given birth to a set of triplets, with one of the children dying at birth. The hospital demanded 400,000FCFA for hospital bills, sparking varied reactions from Cameroonians on social media.