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Wood Cutter Survives Chimpanzee Attack in Esu

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Robert Ngong, a woodcutter, has survived a chimpanzee attack in Esu, a village in Menchum, the English-speaking North West region of Cameroon.

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Ngong was felling a tree, an activity he routinely carries out in the area, when the incident occurred around 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 16th. Suddenly, a chimpanzee attacked him, causing severe injuries on both his hands and face. Now, Ngong has injuries on his forehead, mouth, and temple, which have caused significant disfigurement.

The dedicated healthcare professionals at the Esu Health District administered prompt medical attention. They provided initial treatment before deciding to refer Ngong to a specialized hospital for further care, according to Cameroon Infotrend.

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Esu has witnessed such harrowing incidents before. In 2022, a similar chimpanzee attack occurred, leaving a man known only as Laggi completely deformed, but he survived. Tragically, in 2021, a chimpanzee inflicted injuries on another resident named Ntong Eja, resulting in severed fingers and legs, a torn face, and ripped-off toes.

Chimpanzee attacks in the region have prompted concerns about the safety of the villagers. Local authorities are implementing measures to mitigate such incidents, including raising awareness about coexisting with the wildlife that shares the region.

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The community rallies around Ngong as he embarks on his journey to recovery, offering support and solidarity. He survived, which shows how resilient individuals can be when they face unexpected challenges. This incident also reminds us of the importance of wildlife conservation efforts in order to ensure the safety of both humans and animals in these shared environments.

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Canada Boosts Cameroon’s Health Information Management with Equipment Donation

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The Canadian government has provided a valuable consignment of medical equipment in a move aimed at enhancing health information management in Cameroon. The Canadian High Commissioner to Cameroon, Her Excellency Lorraine Anderson, delivered the equipment on November 22 during an audience with the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Manaouda Malachie.

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The donation, part of the Canadian Global Initiative and Vaccine Equity (CanGive) project, includes 1,900 electronic blood pressure monitors, 1,900 glucometers, 150 boxes of 50 strips, 270 tablets, and 310 smartphones. The equipment, estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of FCFA, is specifically aimed at strengthening health information management and improving decision-making in health districts.

Her Excellency Lorraine Anderson emphasised that the equipment would play a crucial role in supporting the delivery of COVID-19 vaccine services, particularly for at-risk groups in the East, Far North, North West, and South West regions of Cameroon. Canada is actively partnering to enhance routine immunisation, focusing on zero-dose and undervaccinated children and unreached communities.

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“As part of the #CanGIVE project, Canada is proud to have contributed $3 million, and to deliver medical and monitoring equipment, in collaboration with #WHO, to Cameroon’s Minister of Health public,” a tweet from the High Commission read.

The donation also addresses the need to reinforce immunisation services’ quality in the targeted regions, along with enhanced screening for chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and hypertension.

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Expressing gratitude, Minister Manaouda Malachie thanked the Canadian government and the World Health Organization (WHO) for their continuous support in Cameroon’s health challenges. The minister highlighted that the provided equipment, including vaccination monitoring and prevention tools, aligns with the country’s new epidemiological monitoring tool.

While acknowledging Cameroon’s satisfactory response to the COVID-19 health crisis, Dr. Manaouda stressed the ongoing need for vigilance. The collaborative efforts between Canada and Cameroon aim to fortify the healthcare system and contribute to the nation’s public health goals.

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Tubah Mayor Urges Calm Amidst Bambili-Nkwen Land Dispute

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In the wake of heightened tension and street protests in Bambili, Mayor Tanjong Martin of Tubah Council has appealed for calm among the residents. The unrest stems from a longstanding land dispute between Bambili and Nkwen villages.

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Speaking on Thursday, November 23, in Bambili, Mayor Tanjong addressed a crowd of agitated women and youth, urging restraint and emphasising the need to await the intervention of the state to address the complex land issue.

“I have called for calm. We cannot sacrifice life for land. In the 21st century, we are still fighting, killing, and destroying properties for land. I have called on my people to be calm. Let’s follow the law; we in Tubah believe in law and not aggression,” Mayor Tanjong stated.

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Accompanied by the Divisional Officer (DO) of Tubah, Massango Metouge Narcisse, the Mayor stressed the importance of a final solution from the state to enable people to live peacefully. He appealed for swift action to bring an end to the conflict so that residents could resume their daily lives.

Mayor Tanjong also called for a halt to the burning of houses and the destruction of properties at the scene, addressing those involved in these activities. “If it is non-Bambili people burning these houses, we are calling for an immediate stop to this ill activity,” he asserted.

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The recent unrest saw houses in Bambili reportedly set ablaze at the borderland with Nkwen on Thursday, November 23. In response, angered residents of Bambili mobilized, attributing the act to individuals hired to commit atrocities. Some accused the people of Nkwen of pushing them out to sell their lands.

The disputed land is situated around the Bamenda industrial zone, bordering Bambili, Bambui, and Nkwen. The conflict, with roots stretching back several years, has yet to receive comments from other authorities at the time of this report.

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Car crash leaves 8 dead, 11 injured in West Region

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Eight people have died and 11 others sustained injuries in a ghastly car accident that occurred 10am today along the Bafoussam-Foumbot road in the West Region.

The tragic collision involved a heavy-duty truck and a Hiace bus belonging to the Avenir du Noun travel agency.

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According to a press release from the West Regional Governor, Awa Fonka Augustine, the accident unfolded around Banefo in Bafoussam I Subdivision.

Preliminary investigations suggest that the collision was the result of “a bad overtaking”.

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The vehicles involved were identified as a truck transporting goods, registered SW 013 AA, traveling from Bafoussam to Foumbot, and a Hiace car from the Avenir du Noun travel agency, registered LT 768 LN, en route from Foumbot to Bafoussam.

The force of the impact left a trail of destruction, claiming the lives of eight individuals and causing injuries to 11 others.

“The Governor of the West Region extends his sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured,” Govenor Awa Fonka wrote in the release.

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The aftermath of the accident saw emergency response teams rushing to the scene to provide assistance and transport the injured to the Kouékong Regional Hospital.

The incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of adhering to traffic regulations and exercising caution on the roads to prevent such tragic accidents.

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