A special plenary sitting on universal Health Coverage Plan which begins in Cameroon next year has taken place at the National Assembly with lawmakers calling on the state to ensure that the initiative covers all strata of the population.
During the plenary chaired by Deputy Speaker, Hon. Theodore Datuouo, the minister of Public Health clarified on the project which aims at providing accessible and affordable health care.
The first phase will target children below five years, pregnant women and nursing mothers.
Public Health Minister, Manaouda Malachie said the pilot phase of the project has already been finalised which is geared for implementation in 2023.
He said the health plan will include the treatment of basic pathologies such as malaria, tuberculosis and nutrition.
Following the public health minister’s presentation, the lawmakers were impressed with the project but however raised some concerns.
Honourable Koupit Adamou wondered if every Cameroonian will be able to afford the minimum paid to afford the service.
Other MPs lauded the initiative saying once it goes to effect, it will greatly reduce death rates in Cameroon which usually occur as a result of poverty.
What is the Universal Health Coverage Plan?
Universal health coverage means that all people have access to the health services they need, when and where they need them, without financial hardship.
It includes the full range of essential health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care.
According to the WHO, at least half of the people in the world do not receive the health services they need.
About 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty each year because of out-of-pocket spending on health.
Bruno Ndonwie Funwie