UN condemns killing of health staff in Cameroon’s North West

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By Felix Tih

Yaounde, Cameroon (Cameroon Report) – The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Cameroon has condemned the killing of a humanitarian health staff in the country’s North West Region.

Matthias Z. Naab, OCHA’s Coordinator in Cameroon, expressed his deepest condolences on behalf of the humanitarian community to the family of the victim and wished a speedy recovery to the two injured staff.

On Feb. 26, 2022, presumed non-State armed groups elements stopped a medical convoy of two vehicles from the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) returning to Bamenda.

Gunshots fired on one of the vehicles caused fatal wounds to the nurse who was rushed to the hospital and later deceased, according to the statement.

The team, which included a total of 18 people, was returning from delivering healthcare services to people in need in Ashong and Nyonga localities in the conflict hit North West Region.

“This is inadmissible. Health workers must be protected so they can continue to save lives. The provision of health services is a priority of the humanitarian response in the region. Health services and facilities must remain functional, safe and accessible to people who need essential medical services,” Naab said on Monday.

The crisis in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon has seen a large number of attacks on healthcare, with health workers or patients threatened, injured or killed, as well as medical infrastructures damaged or destroyed.

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