The Minister of Public Health (Minsanté) Manaouda Malachie, during his appearance before the Finance and Budget Committee of the National Assembly on December 1, 2021 indicated that the Cameroonian health system is experiencing a deficit of 55,000 resources.
According to the Lurgentiste website, the Directorate of Human Resources (HRD) of the Ministry of Public Health (Minsanté) lacks about 2,000 specialist doctors, 500 general practitioners and 30,000 nurses. An understaffing that according to the Minister of Public Health Manaouda Malachi is estimated at more than 55,000 health personnel; he denounced before the Finance and Budget Committee of the National Assembly on December 1, 2021, for the presentation of his draft budget 2022, without however declining the details of this deficit by profile. And yet, for almost a year, 500 doctors, pharmacists and dental surgeons from Cameroonian medical faculties have been demanding their integration into the civil service.
To fill this human resources gap, the same site informs that Manaouda Malachie is advocating for the massive recruitment of personnel in the health sector at the central and decentralized level. In the draft 2022 budget presented to the national representation, the Minsanté proposes, for example, a special enrolment of 5,000 health personnel. The focus will be on local recruitment, "in order to solve the problem of turnover and staff retention in the position", explains the Minsanté; in order to meet the minimum packages of activities for accreditation for Universal Health Coverage (UHC). To do this, Minister Manouada Malachie is asking for an envelope of 61 billion CFA francs.