By George Tankoh, Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Southern Cameroons Journal, Njinikom – Catholic authorities of the Bamenda Archdiocese are faced with stiff resistance from the population of Kom after ArchBishop Cornelius Fontem Esua suspended all activities at St Martin De Porres hospital-Njinikom.
According to sources, the Archbishop ordered the closure of the hospital after the population angrily stormed its premises last week and chased away the matron, Rev. Sister Nga Olive. Olive and other staff are accused of mismanagement and unethical handling of patients.
Some other sources alleged that the hospital management was gradually transferring its equipment to Bafut, a move indicative that they were in the process of parting ways with Njinikom. Sensing this move and earlier accusations, the population angrily stormed the residence of Sister Olive on November 4th and chased her away, promising her death if she dares set foot in Kom land again.
Archbishop Cornelius Fontem in response to this latest development signed for the immediate transfer and replacement of sister Olive. This was later followed by another note from the Bishop suspending all activities in the hospital
(except the emergency ward which is still open). According the letter from Bishop Cornelius dated 10th November, after the departure of Olive, lives of new staff of the hospital remained at stake following further threats from same population.
The Bishop explained that his decision to suspend all activities in the hospital is for the safety of the hospital staff whom the people have proven to no longer need their services. In their own response, the angry population yesterday Monday Nov. 13, again stormed St Anthony Catholic Church in a mass protest involving the continuous ringing
of a church bell. The Njinikom population has vowed that if the hospital remains closed, then no Catholic school or church will operate in Njinikom henceforth. After addressing the population, the Archbishop (at press time) was making consultations with some persons including the administration and traditional authorities.