Death of unattended pregnant woman sparks anger in Cameroon
Cameroonians on Sunday took to the streets to protest the death of a pregnant woman whose belly was slit open by her niece in front of a hospital in Douala to save the lives of her twin babies after being left unattended to. According to Cameroonian journalist Yanick Fonki Ndaley, at least one person has been injured following plumes of teargas thrown on unarmed protesters calling for justice on the unprecedented death of Koumate and her babies this Sunday, March 13th.
A little over 100 people turned out on Sunday in protest, pressuring the government of Cameroon to dismiss some medics at the hospital, including the director, for gross neglect of the health of its citizens,” he added.
“Monique Koumate, 31, died of birth complications this Saturday 12th March, 2016 at the Douala Laquintini Hospital around 3pm with her twins detected by a gynaecologist’s stethoscope as being alive.”
“To the family’s greatest dismay, medics at the hospital denied performing caesarian section (operation) on the corpse to save the twins.”
“But more shockingly, the niece of the deceased (a trader), rushed to the nearby pharmacy and bought all surgery equipment and came right at the front of the maternity of the hospital and performed the operation, rescuing the lives of the twins from the womb of her dead aunt.”
“Unfortunately, the babies died hours later.”
“An Internal investigation has been opened to the matter,” Ndaley wrote.
Reacting to the outrage that trailed the incident, Cameroon Health Minister Andre Mama Fouda refuted claims that Ms. Koumate died out of negligence from medics at the Laquintini hospital in Douala.
Speaking Sunday evening during a press conference in his ministry to address issues relating to the death of the 31-year-old woman and her 7 months babies, the minister indicated the woman had already died before she was brought to the hospital.
According to Ndaley, the minister went further to say that it is medically ethical not to conduct operation on a dead woman indicting the actions of the niece of the deceased.
“This now gives a great indication, the director and medics at laquintini hospital will be spared from any prosecution while on the other hand, the niece of Monique could be prosecuted,” Ndaley added.