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Cameroon: Lawmakers briefed on Universal Health Coverage

Andre Mama Fouda Public health minister

Cameroon lawmakers have been briefed on a universal health coverage plan the government is planning on implementing.

The briefing which took place yesterday, was aimed at familiarizing the MPs with the UHC system.

It should be recalled that the Head of State, Paul Biya, had in his New Year address to the nation on December 31, 2017 indicated that “the implementation of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) will be done gradually.” This statement has been buttressed by the validation of the first phase of the UHC plan.

According to health experts, the first phase of UHC targets a general population of 22,985,369 people amongst whom are 11,030,655 children aged 0 to 15 years and 933,071 pregnant women.

The first phase of the project will subsidise vaccination health care service for children from 0 to 5 years, paediatric care for children from 0 to 15 years and gynaecology/obstetrics problems for pregnant women. Still, under the UHC major health programmes relating to the general population such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, cancer, dialysis, schistosomiasis and intestinal helminthiasis and community health projects will also be covered.

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