The Council of the National Order of Doctors of Cameroon (ONMC) met in an extraordinary session yesterday Friday, May 15, 2020 in Yaoundé , to assess the situation of the Cameroonian doctor in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The council noted with regret, the acts of verbal and physical violence of which the doctors and nursing staff are victims within the framework of this fight and deplores the laxity of the authorities vis-a-vis this situation.
ONMC urges the authorities to take “strong actions to put an end to these reprehensible and inadmissible acts; better protection for carers regardless of their category with security and even sanctuarization of workplaces,”-as read in the press release signed by the secretary general of the order, Dr Gervais Atedjoe .
Clearly, the ONMC expects the authorities to put law enforcement forces at their disposal to protect them during the exercise of their profession. Also, the council notes that the doctors and the nursing staff are “insufficiently protected “, and recommends that “the State ensures the protection of all without distinction by ensuring the provision of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and other safety devices.”
Doctors note an insufficient commitment from the public sector in the fight against the pandemic and also recommend that the private sector be involved, through the establishment of a public-private partnership, with support allowing the effective participation of the private sector in the national response plan.
The ONMC will meet for an ordinary session of its council on May 29th and 30th in Douala, to reassess these recommendations made to the government amongst others.