Cameroonian Doctors let a pregnant woman die on steps of maternity war because she had no money
A woman went to the Laquintinie Hospital, Doula in Cameroun on Sunday 13th March 2016 to deliver, but the Doctors rejected her and denied her to enter the hospital because she did not have money.
Monique Koumateke went to hospital in Cam-eroon with labour complications. But she was left outside for hours because she couldn’t afford treatment. Mrs Koumate, 31, died and her niece reportedly tried to deliver her twins. One of the babies was delivered dead and the other died moments later
Koumateke, who was pregnant with twins, was taken by her partner to the Hopital la Quintinie in the Cameroonian city of Douala, after suffering complications when she went into labour.
Despite needing urgent care, Mrs Koumate was left outside the maternity unit for several hours because she could not afford to pay for her medical bills.
Her distraught niece reportedly pleaded with doctors to deliver the babies, who could be felt still moving around in the womb. She offered to find a way to pay later. However medics are understood to have refused and the niece took it upon herself to try and save the twins’ lives. The woman reportedly bought a blade from a nearby shop and performed an improvised Cesarean section, cutting open her aunt’s womb.
But one of the twins was delivered dead and the second died moments after birth.The trag-edy sparked protests across the city on Sun-day, with demonstrators carrying signs read-ing: ‘Never forget Monique Koumateke’.
Cameroon has a severe shortage of medical professionals, with roughly one doctor for every 5,000 people. It means health treat-ments are often provided by nurses. Adequate funding is lacking, with around 6% of government expenditure spent on health. To improve the availability of services and drugs, a fee-based system was introduced. This allows medical facilities to charge fees for services and treatments. Some experts say the charging of fees in Cameroon’s hospitals has caused patients to die for lack of medical care when they were unable to pay for treatment.
For a medical Doctor to allow a pregnant woman to die on the doorstep of a maternity war is not lack of resources but wickedness, and many poor people die unnecessarily in Africa just because they cannot afford to buy drugs, while government waste resources in white elephant projects for political gains.
The hospital is understood to be under inves-tigation for the death.