Cardiologist, Doctor Fred Kemah (pictured above), says doctors in Cameroon find it hard to diagnose chest pain leaving thousands of patients at risk of a heart attack.
In an interview granted to The Post digital, the founder of Fako Heart Centre – a specialist hospital in Buea, says the lack of expertise, knowledge and equipment has made doctors in Cameroon unable to make proper diagnoses on people with chest pain.
He said a patient went into a hospital in Douala for chest pain and was prescribed paracetamol without any checks done on the patient if they could be at risk of a heart attack or other underlying issues.
Dr Kemah said: “I remain convinced that the vast majority of doctors in Cameroon are unable to identify and treat a heart attack.”
When to get help for chest pain
Immediately you develop sudden severe chest pain, particularly if:
- the pain feels heavy, pressing or tight
- the pain lasts longer than 15 minutes
- the pain spreads to other parts of your body, such as your arms, back or jaw
- you also have other symptoms, such as breathlessness, nausea, sweating, or coughing up blood
- you are at risk of coronary heart disease – for example, you smoke, are obese, or have high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol
If the discomfort is only minor or has resolved, it may be more appropriate to either:
- speak to a doctor