By Njodzeka Danhatu
After the arson attack on the Kumba District Hospital one month ago by people whose identities are still being disputed by Cameroonians today, the Muyuka District Hospital in Fako Division, Southwest Region, Saturday breaking Sunday, March 31, went up in flames.
Even though the origin of the fire and the actors behind the arson attack have not been established, the Director of the Hospital, Dr Joseph Bah, who was in Douala at the time of the incident, said he was informed about the fire incident at about 2:30 am.
The hospital Director said the Emergency Department and other departments alongside a lot of medications were consumed by the inferno. Dr Bah, however, stated that there was no human casualty.
“There was no loss of life…the population quenched the fire before it could spread to other wards,” the medic stated.
In a video that went viral on social media, almost half of the building appeared to have been affected by fire. Drugs, beds matrasses, and other hospital equipment were damaged by inferno. The amateur video taken by a local male showed the part of the hospital destroyed by fire. As he filmed, he commented saying that “The Muyuka Hospital has been set ablaze by the terrorist La République du Cameroun military (Government forces)”.
He claimed in his video that the military does not want the locals to have a place where they can receive medical treatment. Atlantic Chronicles cannot independently verify his version or claims in the video. In the video, women and locals stood by, looking at the damage left by the inferno. They on their part did not comment or seem to object the version of the narrator in the video.
However, some other version of the story claims that the hospital fire erupted from an electrical fault in the health facility.
Muyuka hospital is the second hospital that has come under arson attack in two months. Since the escalation of the Anglophone Crisis, many health facilities and health personnel have come under attack.