According to news relayed to alafnet.com from a source in the economic capital Douala, Lobe Monekosso died at 2am local time at the General Hospital Douala.
His passing has already been discribed by many as a library that has burn as it is often said in Africa, when an old man dies .
The native of Dibombari and Chief of the Bwataka Clan in the literal region ,had an excellent career path , and has represented Cameroon in numerious occasions especially in the field of health within the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Cameroonian Professor emeritus, Gottlieb Lobe Monekosso, former Minister of Public Health and Director of the World Health Organisation for Africa Region, was the first Director of CUSS and the then Faculty of Medicine of Yaounde.
He was honoured by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in 2012 with a Gold medal of the prestigious “Queen Elizabeth II” competition.A competition periodically organised by the Royal Society of Public Health among health professionals in Commonwealth countries.
He is one of few Africans to have received the honorary distinction is within the framework of his achievements at the national and international levels in field of public health. Prof Monekosso is described by his peers as an encyclopedia of health practice in Africa.
Born on November 13, 1928 in Cameroon, Gottlieb Lobe Monekosso studied medicine in Nigeria and the United Kingdom where he obtained a Doctor of Medicine (MD) in 1957 . Gottlieb Lobe Monekosso is a man who has devoted all his life on health issues. As a trained professor of medicine, he has occupied important positions in the domain at both national and international levels.
As a matter of fact, he was the African Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for ten years before his appointment as Cameroon minister of Public Health between 1997 and 2000.The then minister is still into research on health issues.
This former African Regional Director of WHO is the brain child of the ‘health district´ concept implemented in Africa with the objective of drawing the population closer to health centres . In Cameroon where he is considered a national pride, Pr. Monekosso has set up a project which aims at ‘sharing health risk´ in Cameroon . At the age of 80, Pr. Monekosso was managing Global Health Dialogue, a Douala- based NGO, specialized in health issues.
He was one the greatest personalities of the country and his dead is a great lose for Cameroon.
by Moh Mbwam for alafnet.com