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Effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the financial revenues of public hospitals with a care centre: case of the Yaoundé Central Hospital

Charles Kouanfack, Suzie Estelle Fomekong Fouakeng, Michel Foalem Nguekam, Solange Youdom Whegang, Alain Djam Chefor, Anastase Dzudie, Jérôme Ateudjieu, Eugène Sobngwi, Pierre Joseph Fouda
Journal of Public Health in Africa | Vol 13, No 3 | a423 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4081/jphia.2022.2195 | © 2024 Charles Kouanfack, Suzie Estelle Fomekong Fouakeng, Michel Foalem Nguekam, Solange Youdom Whegang, Alain Djam Chefor, Anastase Dzudie, Jérôme Ateudjieu, Eugène Sobngwi, Pierre Joseph Fouda | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 April 2024 | Published: 07 September 2022

About the author(s)

Charles Kouanfack, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Dschang, Cameroon
Suzie Estelle Fomekong Fouakeng, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Dschang, Cameroon
Michel Foalem Nguekam, ANRS-Cameroon site, Yaoundé Central Hospital; Yaoundé Central Hospital, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Solange Youdom Whegang, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Dschang, Cameroon
Alain Djam Chefor, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Dschang, Cameroon
Anastase Dzudie, Clinical Research Education, Networking and Consultancy (CRENC), Cameroon
Jérôme Ateudjieu, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Dschang; Meilleur Accès aux Soins de Santé (M.A SANTE), Cameroon
Eugène Sobngwi, Ministry of Public Health, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Pierre Joseph Fouda, Yaoundé Central Hospital, Yaoundé, Cameroon

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Abstract

Background: In 2020, the world was confronted with COVID-19, which caused a socio-economic panic in several sectors. The use of hospitals has been affected, with an impact on their financial performance. The objective of this study was to assess the effect of the pandemic on the financial performance of a hospital with a care center.

Methodology: This was a cross-sectional study targeting the Yaoundé Central Hospital over two periods : before the pandemic (March to August 2019) and during the pandemic (March to August 2020). Based on the administrative accounts, revenues from the main sources of financial inflows were recorded and compared before and during the pandemic.

Results: From March to August 2019, overall revenue was 1,131,525,099 FCFA and from March to August 2020, it was 762,770,714 FCFA, representing a drop of 32.6%. Medical imaging showed a drop of 14% corresponding to a loss of 96,500,052 FCFA. The laboratory showed a 21% decrease corresponding to a loss of 80,691,347 FCFA. Hospital admissions fell by 21%, corresponding to a loss of 62,124,675 FCFA. Consultations fell by 10%, corresponding to a loss of 49,265,835 FCFA.

Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic had a negative effect on the financial revenues of the Yaoundé Central Hospital.


Keywords

COVID-19; financial revenue; Yaoundé Central Hospital

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