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2000 illegal hospitals uncovered in Cameroon

The Ministry of Public Health has uncovered more than 2,000 illegal private healthcare centres in Cameroon. Most of them are…

The Ministry of Public Health has uncovered more than 2,000 illegal private healthcare centres in Cameroon. Most of them are operating without a licenses from health authorities and have been given 90days to regularise their statuses.

According to an investigation carried out by the public health ministry in a bid to restore sanity in Cameroon’s health sector, a majority of the clandestine health centres are operating in buildings originally constructed for residential purposes.

A press release from the ministry warns that after a 90-day period of grace given the clandestine health centres to meet state regulations, government will simply embark on mass closures with the possibility of dragging the owners of such centres to court for “illegal practices”.

The operation of illegal healthcare centres is rampant in localities across the country, particularly in metropolitan cities such as Douala and Yaounde.  In such cities, private, secular or denominational health facilities operating illegally can be found in almost every street or neighbourhood with a high concentration of low-income populations.

“Out of 3,343 private, secular and confessional health facilities operating in Cameroon, 1,055 have at least one decree, 2,288 are illegal and 75 others were identified without settlement areas”, the press statement from the public health ministry read in part.

It is widely believed that most of the staff working in illegal health centres in the country lack adequate training to ensure appropriate medical care for the sick.

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