Cameroon plans to spend XAF620.67 billion in the health sector over the 2022-2024 period, the medium-term forecast annexed to the 2022 finance law reveals. In 2022 alone, the country plans to spend XAF203.23 billion.
"The main challenge is to have healthy and well-trained men and women capable of strong and sustainable growth. Therefore, the aim is to modernize the security and social protection system,” the forecast explains.
The document adds that the investments will be made per the guidelines of the 2020-2030 national development strategy. Part of the envelope will fund the coronavirus response plan. The remaining part will be used to lift the barriers still preventing the deployment of universal healthcare in the country. In that regard, over the 3 years, the government will build, renovate and equip health facilities and on-call housing for the health personnel. It will also buy three-wheeled vehicles to be used as ambulances for improved integration of isolated areas into the health system.
The government also intends to upgrade the technical capabilities of lower category health facilities, equip district hospitals with imaging equipment and complete the regional hospital construction projects launched in the framework of the PLANUT, a 3-year plan to boost economic growth.
Michel Ange Nga