George Esunge Fominyen in Brief


  • George Esunge Fominyen is currently Coordinator of the Multi-Media Editorial Unit of the PANOS Institute West Africa (PIWA) in Dakar, Senegal.

    PANOS Institute West Africa 6, Rue Calmette Dakar, Senegal

    Email: esungeft@gmail.com
  • Biography

Jimbi Media Sites

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    Professor of Medicine and interventional cardiologist, Nowa Omoigui is also one of the foremost experts and scholars on the history of the Nigerian Military and the Nigerian Civil War. This site contains many of his writings and comments on military subjects and history.
  • Postwatch Magazine
    A UMI (United Media Incorporated) publication. Specializing in well researched investigative reports, it focuses on the Cameroonian scene, particular issues of interest to the former British Southern Cameroons.
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    Cameroonian poet, writer, journalist and Human Rights activist living in Warsaw, Poland
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  • Dr Godfrey Tangwa (Gobata)
    Renaissance man, philosophy professor, actor and newspaper columnist, Godfrey Tangwa aka Rotcod Gobata touches a wide array of subjects. Always entertaining and eminently readable. Visit for frequent updates.
  • Francis Nyamnjoh
    Prolific writer, social and political commentator, he was a professor at University of Buea and University of Botswana. Currently he is Head of Publications and Dissemination at CODESRIA in Dakar, Senegal. His writings are socially relevant and engaging even to the non specialist.
  • Ilongo Sphere: Writer and Poet
    Novelist and poet Ilongo Fritz Ngalle, long concealed his artist's wings behind the firm exterior of a University administrator and guidance counsellor. No longer. Enjoy his unique poems and glimpses of upcoming novels and short stories.
  • Scribbles from the Den
    The award-winning blog of Dibussi Tande, Cameroon's leading blogger.
  • Enanga's POV
    Rosemary Ekosso, a Cameroonian novelist and blogger who lives and works in Cambodia.
  • GEF's Outlook
    Blog of George Esunge Fominyen, former CRTV journalist and currently Coordinator of the Multi-Media Editorial Unit of the PANOS Institute West Africa (PIWA) in Dakar, Senegal.
  • The Chia Report
    The incisive commentary of Chicago-based former CRTV journalist Chia Innocent
  • Voice Of The Oppressed
    Stephen Neba-Fuh is a political and social critic, human rights activist and poet who lives in Norway.
  • Bate Besong
    Bate Besong, award-winning firebrand poet and playwright.
  • Up Station Mountain Club
    A no holds barred group blog for all things Cameroonian. "Man no run!"
  • Bakwerirama
    Spotlight on the Bakweri Society and Culture. The Bakweri are an indigenous African nation.
  • Fonlon-Nichols Award
    Website of the Literary Award established to honor the memory of BERNARD FONLON, the great Cameroonian teacher, writer, poet, and philosopher, who passionately defended human rights in an often oppressive political atmosphere.
  • Bernard Fonlon
    Dr Bernard Fonlon was an extraordinary figure who left a large footprint in Cameroonian intellectual, social and political life.
  • AFRICAphonie
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  • Canute - Chronicles from the Heartland
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mabi

Oh my God! Do you see what am seeing? A youngman in need of medical care and a doctor standing by with both hands in his pockets and looking on? The nurse in white is not any better. I feel like reaching out to both of them in a bid to put some sense into their heads.
That's typical of some health workers in Cameroon.When are they going to start acting with some immediacy in an attempt to save lives?

Irine Asanji

There you go Mabi! I lost a dear friend in Cameroon last November diagnosed of Pneumonia on the same day she died after receiving treatment for chronic gastritis that was not even properly diagnosed 3months earlier! she just got a strange relapse and was rushed to hospital. The doctor asked for 50.000FCFA before any tests could be run. The results came out the next day that she had pneumonia, and she died the same day 'cos it was too late. Same applies to an aunt of mine who was admitted into hospital and was immediately being administered drips before they could even discover she had a pre-existing diabetic condition. She did not even know she was diabetic and was at the mercy of the hospital. She almost died due to the careless and well-known assumption that every patient needs 2 or three dripsets of glucose even before the performance of proper diagnosis. Thank God, a visitor witnessed the strange colour of her eyes and had to quarrel with the nurses to stop the drip and test her blood sugar. A very simple routine that should follow the vital checks each time a patient comes in with an unknown condition. So there u go!

Oftentimes, we get mad out here that Doctors take too much time before giving us medication or some "cooler" when we ail. But the truth is, it's better to know why that is necessary than make assumptions and instead provoke the death of someone. So tell me about diagnoses! Some health workers just assume instead of actually seeking the cause of an ailment. They assume and start overloading patients with medication. And now last but not the least, I had appendicitis and a Doctor at the general hospital asked me to return in 10days for a surgery ( I still have my hospital book with those notes to proove this). I crept back home with a bagful of painkillers he had prescribed. I could not stand the pain and rushed to another private clinic where my case was an emergency surgery that came in time to prevent what could have been a rupture! Why? All because the doctor in question had overbooked his surgical list and I had to wait 10days!!! God knows where I would have been had I honoured the "almighty" Doctor's instructions. We all know how patients respect doctors' instructions some of which are ridiculously outrageous!These are just cases that affected me personally. There are uncountable statistics out there. God help us! I always say that God works overtime in Cameroon because it could have been worse. Nonetheless, in all fairness, there are lots of Medical practitioners who work tirelessly to ensure that health reigns but health for all is yet to become a supreme reality as poverty still lurks around and seems to have become a permanent resident in our communities nationwide. God continues to work overtime. Will He ever have a back-up Mabi? My Million Dollar question!

Kevin Komepule

The issue here is not only with the quality of our medical personnel, but has to do more with the condition of our public hospitals, and whether government even has a public health policy. That is why most people who can afford, prefer private and confessional health establishments or simply seek for medical attention abroad.

Then doctors should not be blamed for not making proper and timely diagnoses when laboratories lack common reagents, equipment is rusty and outdated, and policy makers in the sector have become mercantile. Why then should God not work extra-time in Cameroon?

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