After the drama of Lady Monique koumate who died during childbirth with her twins on March 12, 2016 and whose case aroused anger among the population, Cameroon has just experienced another public health disaster involving four children born six months earlier who all perished at the Yaoundé Central hospital. Cameroon Concord gathered that the babies were miraculously born and "instead of taking care of them, they were placed in a room without test tubes while the newborns were still fragile." All attempts at getting help from the so called Chantal Biya Foundation were futile. The babies were placed in a plastic bag and they all died some few minutes later.
The quadruple infanticide has revealed a new scandal involving medical negligence and failing incubators. Public Health Minister, Andre Mama Fouda who was combative, defiant, and ignored the Lady Monique scandal entirely including his loyal attack-dogs within the administration are now maintaining a kind of deliberate silence. Our senior health correspondent who contributed to this report hinted that, “What is more important in this whole medical crisis is for the ruling CPDM to emerge strong and still in control of state affairs”.
Despite the maelstrom of accusations and counter-accusations, the Lady Koumate-L’hopital Laquintinie and the Yaounde Quadruple Infanticide affairs are now strikingly simple. It stands entirely on whether Minister Mama Fouda, the Littoral Governor and Co. were telling the truth—and not just a partial truth, but the whole truth. The general opinion is that President Biya, Minister Andre Mama Fouda and his gang of health officials have committed high crimes and misdemeanors requiring the intervention of the Special Criminal Court.