This information was provided by the Ministry of Public Health. It was taken from the National Health Accounts.
According to the National Health Accounts for 2018-2019, pharmaceutical products account for the highest amount spent by households. “Non-health products such as transport, communication and others represent the lowest expenditure of 2%, with 358,658,105,233 CFA francs recorded in 2018 and 378,387,372,385 CFA francs in 2019, representing 62%,” says the Ministry of Public Health.
“These results show that in Cameroon’s health system, the cost of medicines is higher than the cost of health care,” said the ministry.
In terms of access to health care, it must be said that Cameroon faces many challenges. One of the main challenges facing the health sector in Cameroon is the availability of health infrastructure and qualified health workers. Rural areas suffer from a lack of resources. According to the Ministry of Health, rural areas have an average of one doctor per 12,000 inhabitants, compared to one per 1,500 in urban centres.