It has now emerged that some children of senior staffs at the Chantal Biya foundation in yaounde may have been infected with tuberculosis and other illnesses during the recent Christmas gift presentation by Cameroon first lady.
According to alafnet.com source, when Chantal Biya went to present gifts to the children of her foundation at Christmas this week , some officials of the hospital including the coordinator of the hospital,Lucie Schouame,( a former maid who became the coordinator because she is protected by someone close to the wife of the president of the Republic of Cameroon) brought their visibly well children from the neighborhood and even as far as their villages,put them amongst the sick in the pavilions so that they can receive the gifts of the First Lady.
Most serious is the fact that they did not hesitate to mix them with children suffering from tuberculosis. All these children were clandestinely brought to the hospital two days before the occasion and mixed with other patients in various isolation units. Given the influence of the people involved in this scam, hospitals staffs who were opposed to it stayed muted on the matter.
As tradition Chantal Biya would present Christmas gifts to children of her Foundation with the beneficiaries taking turns to receive their parcels from Madam Chantal BIYA, who is usually assisted by the Minister of Public and authorities of the Foundation.
The main objective of the Chantal BIYA Foundation which was created in 1994, is to assist vulnerable segments of the population and combat hardship.
An apolitical, non-denominational and non-profit humanitarian association,it is also a member of the Francophonie Mother and Child Network.
The Chantal BIYA Foundation has raised national and international awareness on the fight against poverty, disease, misery and all types of exclusion in urban and rural areas and today, the Chantal BIYA Foundation has been granted special advisory status within the United Nations Economic and Social Council.