By Eric Tataw – Wednesday October 30, 2019.
Parts of a Health Center in Bwiyuku, a farming settlement in Cameroon’s restive South West region has been torched, Wednesday October 30, 2019, National Telegraph has confirmed.
The fire consumed parts of the Health Center but was quickly put out, eyewitnesses said, adding a bigger part of the facility still remains secured.
The Bwiyuku Health Center also known as the Tole Integrated Health Center caters for locals from three villages that make made the Tole area, a precinct that habours one of this Central African country’s major tea estates; Tole Tea Estate.
Inhabitants from Sasse, Wonganjo and Bwiyuku villages benefiting from this lone sickbay say the attack on the facility came as a big shock to their communities.
How do they expect us to get treated if we’re sick or where will our pregnant women take pre-birth care? a resident asked in distress.
No group has directly been linked to the act but the population has accused the military of attempting to use the Health Center for a military camp.
Others assumed Ambazonians fighters might have attacked the area to dislodge the military or to prevent any form of military presence in the facility.
Neither the Regional Public Health boss nor the country’s Health Minister issued any statement on the issue. Rights groups have blamed the government for failing to protect its citizens.
This is happening almost a month after a Grand National Dialogue was held in the country’s capital, Yaounde in which it was aimed a solution would have been found to contain the armed conflict in the country’s two English-speaking regions.
Pundits however say insecurity has since heightened after the dialogue, dismissing propaganda put out to the International Community by the Biya Regime that all is well.
The military has in the past been accused of contravening war laws and attacking hospitals to capture and kill Ambazonian fighters allegedly undergoing treatment.
The Afab Integrated Health Centre in Eyumojock Sub-Divsion, Manyu Division of Cameroon’s South West Region was significantly vandalized by the military according to sources.
A Baptist Health Center in Bangolan, a restive town in Ngoketunjia, a division in Cameroon’s beleaguered North West Region eyewitnesses testified was stormed by soldiers stormed at about 10 PM, Wednesday, February 13, 2019, who fired several shots, destroying some valuables, causing great trauma to patients and health care personnel.
The military was also accused of torching the Kumba District Hospital an infirmary in Kumba, a war-torn town in Cameroon’s restive South West Region, in which four persons were burnt alive including vehicles.
Others have noted the military had burnt down another hospital in Konye, a not-too-far restive town from Kumba. Some patients were also burnt alive in the Konye incident, they told National Telegraph.
A native from Bafut, a town in North West Cameroon said on a Live Facebook Show, that the military also attacked the hospital in his homeland of Bafut and killed at least one person.
There have been reports of soldiers shooting and killing even medical personnel. The military has committed grievous Human Rights abuses on a Health Workers, locals told National Telegraph, citing a nurse intercepted identified as a nurse, shot, attached to a bomb before he was detonated.
Ngamsha Gilbert Saber was on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, while going to his duty post at Oku, a village in the North West Region, detonated at Tadu, a village in Kumbo Sub-Division, in Cameroon’s Bui Division, North West Region.
The South West and North West have been rocked by repeated and fierce gun battles with enormous material damage and loss in human lives as Pro-Independence fighters fighting to restore what they call the statehood of former British Southern Cameroons aka Ambazonia battle regular Cameroon soldiers.