Many people in Cameroon cannot afford essential health services. Therefore, the need for universal health care is constantly increasing.
Especially women who give birth in hospitals can no longer pay the bills afterwards. This was also the case with 17-year-old Blaise Eyong, who was recently barred from leaving the clinic after giving birth to her little girl. The detention lasts until people can pay the fees. Blaise then had to sleep in the hospital corridor for almost two weeks.
Is that human? Especially for a teenager who has just given birth?
Of course, this is not the hospital staff’s fault. The only general problem is that the government does not financially support hospitals. The patient’s payments are what ends up paying the workers’ bills and allowing the hospital not to close.
But how can citizens like Blaise, who lost her father and mother, cover these costs? More than a third of the population of Cameroon lives below the poverty line. The promises of universal health coverage have not yet been fulfilled.
Click Here to watch the video, find out what happened to Blaire in the end, and get an idea of the dire healthcare circumstances in Cameroon.