Medication worth 62 million cfa have been abandoned in shut down health facilities, in rural areas of the North West Region, affected by the ongoing crisis. The information was revealed on the Wednesday 19th September 2018, during a consultation meeting with district medical officers and directors of the region, by the Manager of the Northwest Regional Fund for Health Promotion, NWRFHP, Dr. Richard Mbarika Fondoh organized by the NW Regional delegate for public health, Dr Kingsley Che Soh.
According to Dr. Richard Mbarika Fondoh, while some health centers stand with abandoned medications which might expire soon, others are facing serious shortages. The NW regional fund for health has been carrying out emergency medical supply which should cover July to mid September but so far only 15 districts have received their supply as the others are inaccessible such as Menchum, thereby creating shortages in these health centers.
Since the beginning of 2018, the Anglophone crisis rocking the NW and SW regions has escalated with health personnel killed, kidnapped and intimidated by both the military and the separatists. This has caused many to abandon their job sites leaving behind medications and health equipments. The minister of public health Andre Mama Fouda has called on all health personnel to return to their duty posts and keep doing their jobs diligently.
In this light, Dr Kingsley Che Soh, NW regional delegate for public health, pointed out that the population needs the services of the health personalities so they should be courageous and face the challenges while the delegation together with the NW Governor look for ways to protect them in their work places. Measures have been taken by the Performance Base Finance (PBF), to increase performance and equity bonuses to health facilities.
According to Dr Jini Rose, supervisor of the NW Regional hospital, insecurity is not the challenge faced by these health districts including the regional hospital. The issue of increase in vulnerable patients who cannot pay their bills, increase in the number of casualties from both camps, threats from both camps, fake news on the social media and instability in the number and treatment of HIV persons.
So far some districts have been able to redress the situation by using ambulances to transport staff, creating outreach programs to help those in the bushes, offer the multi-mode dispensation of drugs to HIV patients and organize the disaster risk management plan which is meant to help the districts provide quality health care to the population of the NWR during this crisis.