19, November 2017
The former Minister of Public Health between 1997 and 2000 who also moonlighted as Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Africa, Professor Gottlieb Lobe Monekosso is no more. He died in the early hours of Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the General Hospital in Douala after a long illness at the age of 84 years.
The emblematic figure of medicine in Africa was appointed by President Paul Biya, Minister of Public Health in the government of 07 December 1997 and was removed from office three years later, precisely during the reshuffle of March 18, 2000.
He received several awards both at home and beyond. Five years ago in Yaoundé at the fiftieth anniversary of the WHO, the British Ambassador presented to Professor Monekosso, on behalf of the Queen of England, the Queen Elizabeth II medal in recognition of his works in the field of public health.
By Sama Ernest with files from CIN