Cameroon Medical Council: Seven Contestants for Presidency

Seven Medical Doctors, Dr Manga Theodat, Rodolphe Fonkoua, Dr Jean Berthelot Zambo, Dr Claude Bernard Kamta Ngui, Prof Emmanuel Noël Essomba, Dr Pierre Yves Bassong and Olga Yvonne Bassong Mankollo are contending for the position of President of the Cameroon Medical Council.

The elections are billed for Thursday, December 29, 2022 during the Council’s Elective Extraordinary General Assembly.

Meet the Contestants for Presidency of the Cameroon Medical Council

Dr Manga Theodat

He is one of those vying in for position of President of the Cameroon Medical Council (ONMC).

Dr Manga Theodat is an Ophthalmologist and President of the Cameroon Society of Ophthalmology (SCO). He was once Deputy Secretary General of the ONMC under the late Dr. Daniel Muna.

The 63-year-old medic obtained his doctorate in medicine in 1986 at the University Center for Science and Health (CUSS), Yaounde. Between 1990 and 1996, he obtained an Interuniversity Diploma of Specialty (DIS) in Ophthalmology and a University Diploma of Blindness Prophylaxis at the University of Bordeaux II. Between 1987-1989, he practiced as a General Practitioner, Chief Physician of the District Hospital of Mayo-Oulo in North Cameroon. He was also an Associate Physician at the Pellegrin Hospital in Bordeaux. Dr Manga Theodat worked at Polyclinic Bonanjo from 1997-2002 as an ophthalmologist. From 2003, he became the manager of Cabinet Médical La Cerisaie. He is married and a father of three.

Dr Rodolphe Fonkoua

Contestant number two is Dr Rodolphe Fonkoua. After obtaining his Baccalaurèat Serie D in 1974, he went to study medicine in Côte d’Ivoire from 1974 to 1981. After series of internships of diabetics, he became a sports doctor in 1982. In 2013, he obtained a First Degree in Theology from the Institute of Religious Sciences of the Catholic University in Douala.

Dr Rodolphe Fonkoua worked as Doctor in Oumé and Yamoussoukro in Côte d’Ivoire between 1981 and 1984 after which he returned to Cameroon as Medical Director of the Koumassi Clinique in Douala till 1992.

He was the Doctor of Union Sportive de Douala for 15 years and created Clinique Idimed (now Polyclinique Idimed).

He is the first Cameroonian to have created a hemodialysis centre. It was inaugurated in Douala on April 4, 2019.

The father of nine has been a member of the Cameroon Medical Council for over 25 years.

Dr Jean Berthelot Zambo

Contestant three, Dr Jean Berthelot Zambo is a Medical Surgeon representing the ONMC of the Centre Region. He is Director of the Centre Médical Funs Aqua Vivens in Yaounde.

Dr Jean Berthelot Zambo has been member of the Cameroon Medical Council for many years and is also a Second Class Chief of Nkolkosse.

Dr Claude Bernard Kamta Ngui

He is a Neurosurgeon at the Douala General Hospital.

Dr Claude Bernard Kamta Ngui is the President and Director General of Action Sante Neurologique (ASCAN) and is actively engaged in the fight against diseases of the nervous system.

Prof Emmanuel Noël Essomba

Prof Emmanuel Noël Essomba is the fifth contestant and a name that appeals to many in Douala.

He is the person behind the laudable changes at the Douala Laquintinie Hospital.

After completing his medical studies in Cameroon in 2001, he obtained a Diploma in third cycle infections / HIV infection in 2006 from l’Université Henri Poincaré de Nancy in France. A year later, a legal medicine diploma from the same university and a Masters in Public Health. In 2010, Prof Emmanuel Noël Essomba enrolled in the Ecoles des Sciences Econimiques et Sociales of Douala where he obtained an MBA.

After holding different positions in France and Cameroon, Prof Noël Emmanuel was appointed Head of the Nkololoun Health Centre in 2006 and then Head of the Logbaba District Hospital in Douala.

He was later made Regional Coordinator for the fight against AIDS in the Littoral, then Head of the Deido District Hospital and Director of the Nylon District Hospital where he effected numerous changes to make the hospital more welcoming to the sick and comfortable for staff.

In 2020, he was appointed Director of the Laquintinie Hospital in Douala where he improved on services rendered to the sick and ammeliorated working conditions of staff.

Prof Emmanuel Noël Essomba is also a Senior University Lecturer and Lecturer at the National School of Administration and Magistracy.

Dr Pierre Yves Bassong

Dr Pierre Yves Bassong is the sixth contestant. He is a Neurologist and Lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Bamenda. He is also President of the Syndicate of Cameroon Medical Doctors.

Dr Pierre Yves Bassong studied medicine at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the University of Yaounde 1 (CUSS) from 199 to 2006. He then specialised in Neurology at the Faculté de Medécine et d’Ondonto-stomatologie université de Dakar in Senegal from 2008 to 2012.

Olga Yvonne Bassong Mankollo

Last on the list of Presidential Hopefuls is the lone woman, Olga Yvonne Bassong Mankollo.

She is a Medical Docotr and Public Health Consultant. She is also an Associate Professor in Epidemiology and Clinical Biology at the Catholic University of Central Africa.

The die is cast…who shall replace Dr Guy Sandjon as President of the Cameroon Medical Council?

The elections of December 29, 2022 will give us the answer.

Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi

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