“Most doctors in Cameroon don’t know how to treat chest pain,” says Dr Fred Kemah


Dr Fred Kemah, Cardiologist/Consultant.

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:

If the discomfort is only minor or has resolved, it may be more appropriate to either:

  • speak to a doctor
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