Yaounde, Cameroon – January 23, 2024
A stampede at the government-run Etoug-Ebe Bilingual High School in Yaounde, the Cameroonian capital, left approximately 106 students injured. The Minister of Public Health, ManaoudaMalachie, provided updates on the situation, assuring the public that the injured students are receiving free-of-charge medical care in accordance with health emergency protocols.
The stampede unfolded around 7:00 a.m. local time, shortly after the morning devotion, as students hurried to attend their classes. While the precise cause of the stampede remains under investigation, officials report that it occurred during the chaotic rush to classrooms.
Manaouda, communicating through the social media platform X (formerly Twitter), stated, “Following the incident today at the Etoug-Ebe Bilingual High School, the 106 students who were injured are currently receiving care free of charge in our hospitals, following our health emergency protocols, and are stable. A mental health team has been made available to families.”
Emmanuel Djikdent, the prefect of Mfoundi division, where Yaounde is situated, addressed concerned parents and students, providing reassurance that no fatalities had occurred in the stampede. He mentioned, “No one died. There were only minor injuries. The doctor asked that we observe some of them until 2:00 p.m.”
The tragedy has prompted an investigation into the circumstances leading to the stampede, with authorities working to determine any potential factors contributing to the incident. As the injured students undergo medical treatment, families are being offered support through mental health services.
The Cameroonian government and local authorities are actively engaged in managing the aftermath of the stampede, emphasizing the importance of swift and comprehensive responses to ensure the well-being of the affected students.