Rethinking the healthcare system
The health sector has become a national tragedy. The infant mortality rate is among the highest in Africa. This is all
the more shocking because the PMI (Mother and Child Protections) have been removed and instead, mothers and
children centres have been created for an elitist community of people.
In terms of infrastructure, the country has less than half of hospitals than some countries of comparable level for the
same sample of population, with a phenomenon that has become dramatically commonplace and commonplace in
hospital language: the “shortage”. Shortage of dialysis, BCG vaccines, ARVs that happen from time to time, or “on the instructions of …”.
We will organize the general states of health to prepare the bases for the elaboration of a draft law-law relating to
the organization of the health system and the formalization of the main axes. We therefore commit to:
- Establish a real national health map in Cameroon
- Increase the share of health in the State budget: From 6% currently to 15% (target set by the African Union in Abuja).
- Reform the health system to:
- Make basic health care accessible to all and eradicate major endemics;
- Make Cameroon a pole of excellence in health care in certain disciplines and ensure that the country becomes a destination for health tourism.
- Redefine the construction and management of health infrastructure by explaining the respective roles of the State, the Region and the private sector.
- Target the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to malaria in 10 years.
- Massively recruit doctors and nurses and assign them primarily to areas where there is a shortage.
Local hospitals throughout the territory
To create hospitals according to the needs of the populations and their disposition on the territory and not according
to the political motivations. In this perspective:
- We will build essential health centres throughout the country so that each household is at most 5 km away from such a centre. We will build by mesh of hospitals in the subdivisions or divisions.
- We will build a reference hospital in each regional capital, with the main services, complementary specialties,
and appropriate equipment and technical platforms.
Reference hospitals in Douala and Yaoundé
Strengthen the attractiveness of hospitals in major cities by opening up advanced services.
- Strengthen the reference hospitals of the cities of Yaoundé and Douala and align their standards to the standard norms.
- Promote the contribution of active doctors in the diaspora.
An agency for the control of medicines
- Strengthen the Law on Illicit Trade in Medicines.
- Reduce the cost of drugs by preferring the importation of generic drugs.
- Support programmes will be put in place to encourage Cameroonian pharmacists and manufacturers to invest in local drug production.
- Strengthen collaboration with the Central African countries to control the circulation of medicines.
- We will create a national agency for drug control.
National Institute for Drug Research and Production
- This Institute will result from the transformation of the current National Institute of Medicinal Plants. Its mission will go beyond the census of these plants to extend, on the one hand to the development of drugs including from the Cameroonian pharmacopoeia, on the other hand quality control of imported drugs.
- Cameroon will develop its own standards for marketing drugs developed by the Institute.
- The State will be involved, through the SNI, in the creation of an industrial arm of the Institute, responsible for the industrial production of the drugs thus developed.
Health care equipment within reach of health centres
We will focus on creating companies that produce basic health care equipment such as oxygen, dressings, infusion tubing, catheters, disinfectants.
General practitioners for all
- Encourage and encourage general practitioners to settle in all municipalities.
A decent remuneration for the medical profession
- Increase the salary scale for doctors in public structures,
- Strengthen the control of the benefits of doctors and nurses, hospitals and public health centres
- Provide academic institutions with modern equipment.
- Provide quality training for all required staff.
- Back medical schools to regional hospitals.
- Establish privileged relations with the Diaspora to strengthen the training of doctors.
An agency for food control
We will create an agency for food control with the mission of:
- Control the local agro-food industries
- Control food imports
- Collaborate with Central African countries to establish traceability of food products circulating in the area