Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The release of Monique Koumateke's niece brings calm to the Douala LaQuintinie Hospital

Calm returns to the Douala LaQuintinie Hospital after heavily pregnant Monique Koumateke's niece Rose Abeh is released from the Newbell Central prison alongside the surgeon Dr NYAMSI Joel Patrick  and the mortuary attendant pending investigations. Rose Abeh is blamed for administering the C section with a razor blade on her pregnant aunt Monique Koumateke, in the open, in front of the mortuary in a desperate attempt to save the twins who later died.

It all began on Saturday...

Following the unfortunate incident, social media went wild with accusations that the woman died due to the negligence of the La Qunintinie hospital. The Minister of Public Health Andre Mama Fouda in a press conference on Sunday March 13, 2016 clarified the situation noting that the 31 year old woman who was seven months pregnant died before reaching the hospital.

"It’s very very difficult when a pregnant woman dies and Cameroon lost one pregnant woman on Saturday 12th March 2016. In fact this pregnant woman went to a public health facility on Friday, 11th March and that was her first consultation after seven months. She received the medical planning, then on Saturday 12th March, she died. We don't know exactly where she died but at 8 am in the morning, the family arrived with her at the Nylon District Hospital and asked the doctor if he can carry out an operation to remove the foetus? The Doctor said no because it is not within the possibility of the district hospital. 
After that the family continued with her to La Quintinie hospital. They arrived the emergency ward, and in the emergency that they were told that issues concerning pregnancy should be taken to the maternity. 
At the maternity, the midwife and the major noticed that the woman had died a long time ago and it’s not possible to continue to do anything and advised the family to conduct the pregnant woman to the mortuary.
At the mortuary, one personnel with another woman thought that it will not be possible again to save the foetus. At this stage, they went back again to the maternity ward, but the midwife said that it is no possible because you cannot have the foetus alive when the mother is dead. 
At this moment one personnel of the mortuary with one woman who accompanied this pregnant woman decided to open her stomach and remove the foetus. 
It’s a horrible act and Cameroon is very very sad. I will inform you that the security forces continue to survey the midwife, the major, the woman and the personnel of the mortuary. I will say that, it is not a problem of negligence in the district hospital of Nylon or La Quantinie hospital in Douala.  This problem is terrible and together we continue to survey and we will have all aspects of this problem for the near future".
Immediately after the incident the Attorney General of Douala ordered the arrest of midwife, the major, the woman who carried out the C section operation in the open under unethical practice and the personnel of the mortuary who are currently helping in investigations.
The Governor of the Littoral Region, Samual Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua held security meeting with officials of laquinitie hospital and placed the hospital under security surveillance.
Images taken during the operation has provoked mixed reactions on social media. In the meantime investigations are ongoing.
And Now...
All detained suspects have been released.
Investigations deepen and administrative authorities plan to crucify the culprits once proven guilty because sensitive and heartbreaking scenes like Saturday's ugly incident suffice to plunge a country into a devastating warfare. How could such a heartless scene be happening days after the March 8 commemoration marked in Cameroon under the theme: 'Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment:Meeting the challenges and overcoming the obstacles'?

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