Cameroon’s Medical Council will soon have a new code of ethics and deontology.
The health experts, led by the President of the Medical Council, Dr. Sandjon Guy organized a an extraordinary General Assembly on April 19 in Yaoundé to modify the code of ethics and deontology as well as the internal rules and regulations of the council. This did not happen because the quorum was not attained. Barely 165 of about 12500 medical doctors showed up at the event.
Accordingly, another seating will be convened between the next 15-30 days to discuss and adopt the texts all medical professionals in Cameroon will be bound to respect.
The adoption of the texts concerns members of the Cameroon Medical Council in Cameroon and those in the diaspora. Dr. Alain Ngueto, representative of the Cameroon Medical Council in Germany travelled to Cameroon for the extraordinary General Assembly. He says it is a good opportunity for all stakeholders to make the necessary changes in the medical corps in Cameroon.
The Cameroon Medical Council began with just 32 medical doctors in 1976, but now counts over 12,000 members. Aside the numerical increase of medical doctors is technological advancement and the birth of new specialities.
The last code of ethics and deontology was reviewed in 1983. The health experts say the current code of ethics and deontology no longer aligns with present demands and realities of the medical corps.
Poor wages, inadequate healthcare facilities, low incentives especially in the private sector and the presence of numerous quacks has ushered in a new breed of medical doctors who need to be subjected to the strict respect of professional norms.
This is why the health professionals agree that all stakeholders must come on board to face the bull by the horns.
Kathy Neba Sina