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  1. CBCHS pays tribute to former principal of PTSHS Banso.
  2. CBCHS excellence attracts multiple recognition from the Minister of Public Health,the American Gov't & a Cameroon based media group.
  3. CBCHS: 2013 Transfers
  4. CBCHS: 2013 Postings and Transfers
  5. CBCHS: July 2013 second list of postings and transfers review
  6. CBCHS:Supplementary List for Postings and Transfers effective August 19,2013
  7. CBCHS:Administrative Placements 2013
  8. Local Technology Thrives at Baptist Hospital Mutengene
  9. Laboratory Staff Schooled on Echtachem Machine Maintenance
  10. Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board Officially Launches Website
  11. Director of Health Services Receives New Year Wishes
  12. LAP Management Committee Meets at Bamkikai
    -The Mitchells Retire Soon-
  13. Cameroon Baptist Convention acquires new vehicle for General Secretary
  14. Basic Education Minister Visits Integrated School for the Deaf in Mbingo Baptist Hospital
  15. Belo Field Women Call on ISFD, Offer Gifts
  16. Clinical Pastoral Education and Social Services Program (CECPES) launched in Mbingo Baptist Hospital.
  17. Leprosy Patients in North West Province Sustain Themselves
  18. Youth Network for Abstinence Holds Gatekeepers' Training in Mutengene
  19. CBCHB Director of Health Services calls for more professionalism in end of year speech
Local Technology Thrives at Baptist Hospital Mutengene
Home-made technology has saved countless lives at Baptist Hospital Mutengene. According to the BHM’s administrator, Mr Wirba Samuel, BHM uses local incubators built at Mbingo Baptist Hospital instead of imported ones. He says the hospital has a well trained team of technicians to ensure proper operation, maintenance and regulation of these incubators. Besides, he adds, Western incubators are rare in the market. Apart from incubators, the administrator also revealed that there are imported modern delivery beds at BHM, but both nurses and clients prefer the locally made ones because they are comfortable. Back to top^
Home-made incubator used at Baptist Hospital Mutengene
Laboratory Staff Schooled on Echtachem Machine Maintenance
A three-day training on the maintenance of the Ecktachem Machine (Chemistry Analyser) ended at the Central Pharmacy in Mutengene February 21, 2008. Even though the Echtachem machine, used in laboratories for running blood samples for clinical (Biochemical) analysis has been in use in local Baptist hospitals and major health centres since 1982, only one maintenance specialist from Banso Baptist Hospital could handle it. The training was therefore aimed at increasing the number of laboratory staff who can handle general
Laboratory staff receiving lectures on Echtachem machine maintenance
maintenance and buildup of the machine in case of breakdown. Split in two parts, the first segment, which lasted one day, embodying all 10 trainees dwelled on general maintenance of the machine. And the second lasting 2 days and involving only 3 participants focused on the mechanical build up of the machine. The training was organised and sponsored by the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board (CBCHB) and coordinated by Dr Dennis Palmer. According to one of the trainees, Mr Buri Donald of the Nkwen Baptist Health Centre in Bamenda, their trainer, Dr Ed Boss came from the World Wide Laboratory (WWL) in the USA. WWL is an international organisation that supplies laboratory and medical equipment to mission hospitals around the world, and does trouble-shooting and maintenance on laboratory equipment. Back to top^

Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board Officially Launches Website

The website of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board (CBCHB) (www.cbchealthservices.org) was officially launched Saturday February 16 February, 2008. The ceremony which took place in the main hall of the Baptist Centre in Bamenda saw the presence of government representatives, heads of local medical institutions, international and local NGOs, business owners, top officials of the Cameroon Baptist Convention, heads of various institutions and departments of the Health Board, media people and a host of observers.

In his welcome address, the Director of Health Services (DHS), Prof Tih Pius Muffih revealed that the CBCHB has “for over 50 years of healthcare delivery made enormous contributions towards alleviating human suffering with an underlying philosophy of Christian   love.” He added that the Board runs 5 hospitals, 23 integrated health centres, 43 primary health centres, a Pharmaceutical production and distribution department, a Private Training School for Health Personnel, a comprehensive AIDS Care and prevention program, Services for people with Disabilities, and other healthcare services offered in six of Cameroon’s ten provinces. According to the DHS, the CBCHB offers such a wide range of services that only a website can be used to meet the needs of the widest population possible, both nationally and internationally. “We hope the creation of this website (www.cbchealthservices.org) will enable more people to find help for their medical problems.” Prof Tih informed the public that this site has been pre-tested for a period of three months before its launching. In addition, he said the site has an able management team made up of qualified journalists and a well trained webmaster, George Ndosak, responsible for its up-to-date content and functionality. The DHS announced that the Board will happily share the expertise of this team with anyone who intends to design his/her own website.
Presenting the site, the Webmaster informed the public that almost every service offered by the CBCHB (both medical and non-medical) is available on the website. He added that the site is quite dynamic and accessible to the whole world at any time of the day. Mr Ndosak pointed out that there will no longer be need for anyone to move to any Health Board institution to find out whether the service they need is offered there; they would just have to browse through the website for the health institution and services they may need, and if necessary contact a medical doctor directly.

The audience could not hide their amazement with the fact that this website is entirely home-designed. However, Pastor Bambo Denis in his devotion, cautioned against the misuse of the site. He said in as much as the internet is just another tool for communication, there are many whose intentions would be negative. Following suit, speaker after speaker sounded the same warning. On the whole everyone present highly lauded the CBCHB for this wonderful initiative.
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CBC Director of Health Services
delivering launching spee
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DHS Office staff chanting CBC Health Board Mission Statement
Webmaster, Mr. Ndosak George, presenting CBCHB Website
Guests at launching
Website management team (From left: Namondo Caroline, Raymond Ngasoh, Denis Warri, Handerson Bonkung, Honore Fon, Ezekiel Benuh, & George Njock)
Dedication prayer for the website
 
Director of Health Services Receives New Year Wishes

Twenty-two heads of some Baptist Health Centres around the country gathered at the main hall of the Baptist Centre in Bamenda Saturday February 16, 2008 to present New Year wishes to the Cameroon Baptist Convention Director of Health Services, Prof Tih Pius Muffih.

Delivering a speech on behalf of all the Chiefs of Centre, Philip Fon of Ndu Health Centre and Dean of the Chiefs of Centre lauded the leadership skills of the director, which they believe, are responsible for the “tremendous growth of the Board”. They said they were equally thankful to the director’s family without whose support, he would not be able to achieve that much. Above all, the COCs thanked God for giving Prof Tih such good health throughout 2007, which enabled him work very long hours and travel widely.

The COCs joyfully informed the Director of Health Services (DHS) that they now work in perfect collaboration with their Administrators. As a result, they are able to meet most of their patients’ needs.

The Chiefs of Centre told Prof Tih that, “You are so special to us not only at work but even at the level of our families, encouraging us to fit well into the society. This can be seen from your last end-of-year greetings to us. Sir, we remain committed to your words. It is worth mentioning that you intervene even in our family problems. This shows a fatherly attitude which is worth emulating. We pray God to give you more strength and wisdom to continue His work.” The representative of the COCs then urged the Director to ignore his detractors, who

Prof. Tih Pius,Director of Health Services (DHS) listening to New Year wishes from Chiefs of Centre
The DHS responding to Chiefs of Centre
The
DHS with his Chiefs of Centre
must exist, and carry on with his job because they (the COCs) are with him.

In response, the DHS said he had thought that the Chiefs of Centre had come to meet him with concerns from their various Centres.  Interestingly, he realized that they had come to appreciate him and present him a New Year gift.

After thanking the COCs for the gift, the DHS praised them for their hard work. He dwelled on the concept of ‘Just In Time’ (JIT), which he said is very primordial in the execution of satisfactory patient-focused medical services. JIT, the DHS said, entails that nurses and materials be readily available for timely intervention. He also recommended openness with one another, for this builds self and mutual confidence, and a good working relationship. The Director further urged the COCs to strive to make their centres unrivalled in the country by improving on their quality of services. He said if this is done, “The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board will outstand in Africa in the next 5 years.” Prof Tih further advised the Chiefs of Centre to organise their work so as to limit stress and ensure quality output and efficiency. He further called on them to adopt a positive attitude at work to make both colleagues and patients comfortable and satisfied.

The Director charged the COCs not to shy away from issuing deserved sanctions to recalcitrant workers, for “that will save them from more serious trouble in society”. According to the DHS, sanctions are meant to get people to sit up rather than punishing them. However, he recommended that any sanction can only follow after a series of fruitless dialogues with the worker in question.

On the relationship of the Chiefs of Centre with their local communities, the DHS advised them to intensify health education in their various institutions and also work very closely with local health committee members because they are the main opinion leaders on health issues in their communities. Back to top^

Cameroon Baptist Convention acquires new vehicle for General Secretary

The three Boards of the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) (Education, Evangelism & Missions, and Health) have acquired a new 4-wheel drive vehicle for their General Secretary. This, the convention and Field Director’s Office leaders said, will ease movement for the General Secretary in his supervision of the organisation’s activities throughout the country. Receiving the deep red Isuzu vehicle, the General Secretary, Rev Charles Tangwa said he was grateful to God for all He has been doing in the CBC. He said he was impressed with the fact that the various Boards of the CBC had donated money to purchase this vehicle; that no appeal was launched asking individuals or churches to contribute any money. The General Secretary then called on all the departments of the CBC to continue with the team spirit that now reigns in the convention because through this, many more great things will be achieved for the convention.

In his dedication prayer for the car, the Director of Evangelism and Missions, Rev Fimba Felix called on God to bless the vehicle and enable the new proprietor to put it into the use for which it is intended. He equally asked God to sanctify the vehicle and protect the driver and whoever will travel in it from all forms of accidents.

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New 4-Wheel Drive Isuzu for CBC General Secretary
CBC General Secretary, Rev Charles Tangwa, thanking God for unity among Covention Leaders
Conv
ention Leaders dedicate General Secretary's Vehicle
Basic Education Minister Visits Integrated School for the Deaf in Mbingo Baptist Hospital

The Minister for Basic Education, Mrs Haman Adama says pupils of the Integrated School for the Deaf (ISFD) at Mbingo are Cameroonians like other children of the nation who need care and assistance.

Mrs Adama made this statement February 01, 2008 at the campus of this school at Mbingo Baptist Hospital (MBH). The minister had the opportunity to see for herself what the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board is doing in the field of special education in the country. She met the children in plain studies.

Speaking on behalf of the other pupils of the ISFD, the school’s Senior Prefect, Rolanaise Kpwe, using sign language and translated by one of the teachers, welcomed and congratulated Mrs Adama for putting the deaf pupils of ISFD Mbingo in her itinerary. Rolanaise Kpwe thanked the government for the effort made towards special education in Cameroon. Presenting some requests and pleading for help from the Minister, ISFD’s Senior Prefect told the Minister that ISFD has two main difficulties. The first, being the need for permanent classrooms, which may cost some 46 million francs CFA, and the second being an up-to-date domestic science laboratory estimated at 2 million francs CFA to enable them meet up with Basic Education syllabuses in Cameroon. In response, the Minister promised to see into these problems. She appreciated the teachers and the CBC Health Board authorities for the great job they are doing in helping the deaf children of Cameroon. Back to top^

Minister Haman Adama, welcomed at ISFD, Mbingo
ISFD Senior Prefect, Rolanaise Kpwe, reading welcome address on
behalf of her mates
Minister Adama responding to speech of ISFD Senior Prefect at Mbingo
Belo Field Women Call on ISFD, Offer Gifts

Some women from Belo Field of the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) paid an encouragement visit February 01, 2008 to the pupils and teachers of the Integrated School for the Deaf (ISFD), Mbingo.

According to the group leader, Mrs Diom Helen, Belo Field Chairlady and Assistant Supervisor of Nursing Services at Mbingo Baptist Hospital, “We just came to offer them this little token of love and pray with them.” The “token of love” consisted of a bag of rice and a carton of household soap.

In response, the Headmaster of ISFD, Mr Ngang Gaïus Ndi thanked the women for “this special gesture.” This he said, was a true demonstration of love in practice, giving to these deaf children for whom their teachers put in maximum effort to fit them into real life.

On her part, the school’s senior prefect, Rolanaise Kpwe, using sign language with interpretation from one of the teachers, said these

Belo Field Chairlady, Mrs. Diom Helen, delivering her speech
ISFD pupils receiving gifts from Belo Field Women

women have proven that they are true mothers even to the deaf children of ISFD. She added that the women should keep remembering the deaf pupils of this institution in their prayers because of the many challenges they face daily in society.

Also appreciating the Belo Field Women, the Coordinator of Services for People with Disabilities (SPD), Mr Benuh Ezekiel reminded the women that they should not only think of the physical needs of these children, but much more their spiritual needs. For, he said, saving souls is the fundamental goal of any project the CBC carries out. Mr Benuh further urged the women to also think of the children at the Integrated School for the Blind (ISFB) in Banso, and encourage other children they may find in their villages and/or neighbourhoods to come for rehabilitation learning as offered by the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board. To the pupils, the coordinator recommended hard work because, as he said, most of what people donate to enable them live on can hardly be got in their homes.  Thus they should put God first. Back to top>>

CBCHB Launches the Center for Clinical Pastoral Education and Social Services Program (CECPES) in Mbingo Baptist Hospital

The absence of well trained, clinically certified, and spiritually mature national chaplains to care for the spiritual needs of patients of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board (CBCHB) has given birth to a new program. This program called Center for Clinical Pastoral Education and Social Services (CECPES) was launched in Mbingo Baptist Hospital on Monday January 22, 2007. According to the Director of Health Services (DHS), Prof. Tih Pius Muffih, “Once more, a new child is born to the family of the CBCHB”.

The historic launching brought together local and international stakeholders involved in providing psychosocial care to patients in hospitals, churches, social centers as well as prisons. Equally present were administrative authorities of Boyo Division led by the a representative of the Senior Divisional Officer, the Paramount Fon of Kom and custodian of the land, Rev. Dr. Marj Pettinger, chaplain specialist with the Canadian Association of Pastoral Practice and Education (CAPPE), and Rev. Dr. Peter Holland, Director of the Avera Health CPE Program, Sioux Falls, USA, who officially launched the program. AVERA Health System supervises the CECPES program in Cameroon. CECPES intends to adapt the ACPE (Association of Clinical Pastoral Education) certification and accreditation process to an African context for local use.

Before commissioning Rev. Ndongnde Godlove, Doctor of Ministry Candidate as the pioneer Supervisor of CECPES, the CBC DHS, Prof. Tih Pius reiterated the Board’s commitment to a continuous search for the provision of wholistic services in Cameroon. According to the DHS, “We as a Board are committed to innovative ideas and services that save lives, alleviate poverty, and improve on the quality of life. Our goal is to make life better and meaningful to all who come in contact with us,” He added that the birth of CECPES is a logical follow-up of the Board’s Mission statement of assisting in the provision of healthcare to all who need it as a means of expressing Christ’s love to mankind. The DHS appreciated Rev. Ndongnde and his team including AVERA (meaning life to all in Latin) for bringing to Cameroon such a specialized training that is available only in the West. He called on sister missionary and government health services to take advantage of this golden opportunity to train counselors for Cameroon’s health system.

The DHS further used the opportunity to assure the Paramount Fon of Kom that the gospel, health and education ministries, which Missionaries like Gebauer and Schneider brought to the Kom land, are intact and indivisible. He then appealed to the Fon to use his authority to safeguard these Ministries and in return, expect other services and benefits to come to Mbingo. Prof. Tih alluded to specialized programs in Mbingo such as the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS), CECPES and soon to be the Internal Medicine Training program. Speaking through an interpreter, Fon Vincent Yuh acknowledged the current CBC and Belo Field crisis and pledged to play a reconciliatory role as much as he can.

Earlier in his keynote address, the CECPES Training Supervisor traced the history of the program in Cameroon in what could have been an academic discuss. The Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, he said, began in the CBCHB in 1988 when Rev. Dr. Alvin Harsch, who had received chaplaincy training but not as a certified supervisor, trained some six HB chaplains including Rev. Ndongnde and Rev. Tanni Moses, CBCHB General Chaplaincy Supervisor. Although Rev. Dr. Alvin admitted his limitations during the training, he nevertheless planted a seed that was to germinate in future. In 1999, Rev. Ndongnde and Rev. Tanni co-supervised a six-week training intended to meet the rising need for chaplains. Hospital management had begun realizing that pastors trained for congregational ministry were not necessarily effective as hospital chaplains. In 2003, a visiting lay missionary chaplain offered an intense one-week chaplaincy seminar. These training sessions introduced the CPE model and created interest in the need for specific chaplain training though it lacked a contextualized approach to Pastoral care. This new focus encouraged Rev. Ndongnde to pursue a Masters’ degree in Pastoral Counseling and subsequently furthered his training in CPE through CAPPE. Back in Cameroon in 2003, he offered and supervised two CPE basic units for six students and later in 2004 for seven students in collaboration with Rev. Dr. Pettinger. During the launching, the current class through their representative acknowledged the importance of the training in the provision of wholistic quality healthcare. The nine students come from three denominations namely: The True Church of God, Lutheran and Baptist. Citing Vande Creek, p.3, Rev. Ndongnde remarked that, “Institutions that ignore the spiritual dimension…increase their risk of becoming ‘biological garages where dysfunctional human parts are repaired or replaced.’ Such ‘prisons of technical mercy’ obscure the integrity and scope of persons.” Back to top^

Leprosy Patients in North West Province Sustain Themselves

The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board has successfully reduced to a basic minimum the stigma that leprosy and other dreaded diseases used to stir up in some people. This has been done using free treatment for leprosy and the rehabilitation of some identified invalid or handicapped people.

Former leprosy controller for the North West and South West provinces, Samuel Tingem says lepers in the NW hardly beg, thanks to the free treatment and rehabilitation initiative of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board (CBCHB) at Mbingo Baptist Hospital.

Tingem made this revelation Sunday 27 January 2008 at Mbingo Baptist Hospital (MBH) on the occasion of that hospital’s commemoration of the 55th edition of World Leprosy Day. He said, having served as leprosy controller for the NW and SW Provinces for over 30 years and now on retirement for 15 years, leprosy patients in the NW have learnt to be self-dependent instead of harassing people to beg for money and other basic needs as is the case elsewhere in the country. He pointed out that the free treatment and rehabilitation programme the CBCHB offers at MBH is something to be lauded. The retired provincial leprosy controller singled out the CBC Director of Health Services, Prof. Tih Pius Muffih, praising his managerial competence. He said, thanks to the director’s devotedness to the cause of the ailing, he has lifted the leprosy department of MBH and other services of the CBC Health Board from the modest institution it was to the giant it is today in the healthcare sector in Cameroon.

Former leprosy controller, Samuel Tingem, addressing participants on 55th World Leprosy Day at Mbingo
Treated leprosy patient receiving
discharge certificate from DHS
NW leprosy Controller with treated leprosy patients and Community Rehabilitation Services graduates

Further acclaiming the CBC Health Board, the Divisional Delegate for Social Affairs for Boyo Division, Mr None Omar Mbole praised Mbingo Baptist Hospital (MBH) for taking up the challenge to ensure rehabilitation and reintegration into their communities of socially stigmatised people in spite of all the odds its staff braces. Mr None called on lepers and other handicapped people or patients to accept themselves as they are because it is no fault of theirs. He added that everybody is a potential handicap and so, unless handicapped people are rehabilitated, they are useless in society. He noted that everyone must relate with any handicapped or leprosy patient as part and parcel of their community because they are not outcasts.

During this year’s ceremony, four treated leprosy patients were discharged to return home and meet their families having completed their treatment, which lasts at least two years. Also, five handicapped people were graduated from the CBC Health Board’s Community Rehabilitation Services program, after completing a rehabilitation training of at least six months on various trades like hair dressing, carpentry, embroidery, pig and poultry production. The four treated and discharged leprosy patients and the five trained and rehabilitated handicapped people all expressed gratitude to God, MBH and the CBC Health Board for helping them get healed. They all re-echoed their desire to rejoin their families and hoped that society will accept them now as normal and socially acceptable people.

On his part as host the CBC Director of Health Services (DHS), Prof Tih Pius Muffih revealed that leprosy has drastically reduced in Cameroon even though there are still a few patients scattered about. He called on the public to help direct anyone identified with signs of leprosy like abnormal and insensitive marks on their body to MBH for diagnosis and treatment. The DHS announced that treatment of the disease is totally free of charge, and so no one should feel stigmatised again as was the case before treatment for the disease came. Prof Tih Pius pointed out that leprosy treatment is very expensive depending on how serious the situation is and how long it takes the patient to recover. However, he continued, the board offers free treatment because it is bound by its commitment “to assist in the provision of care to all who need it as an expression of Christian love and as a means of witness in order that they might be brought to God through Jesus Christ.” Thus those who receive free treatment and get discharged during each World Leprosy Day are supposed to constantly return to MBH for follow-up and check-up.

In his sermon drawn from John 10:22-26 on the topic “Knowing God,” Rev. Ambola David of Mbingo I Baptist Church pointed out that “You can only know Jesus when you experience Him and not just knowing about Him”. He said, “You can only know Jesus if you acknowledge your lost state”. In other words, a person can only be treated for any disease if he/she admits that he/she is sick and then go to a doctor.  Rev. Ambola continued that if there is any structure in the CBC that fails to point people to Jesus, then we are not different from the Pharisees, because Christianity becomes a set of do’s and don’ts. Therefore, such a structure should be shut down or destroyed, he recommended. The leprosy centre in Mbingo Baptist Hospital (MBH), Rev Ambola noted, was set up to point societally rejected people to Jesus. Therefore, he concluded, the discharge of any patient will be useless even if they have completed their physical treatment unless the patient has known and experienced Jesus Christ as his/her personal Lord and Saviour during their treatment period.

It should be noted that MBH started before 1951 as an outcast for lepers, witches and wizards expelled from Kom land since they were considered dangerous by society if they had any contact with “normal people”. According to Rev Ambola, this area hosting the leprosy centre and the hospital was a disputed boundary area between Babanki and Kom. And given that the Kom people were unwilling to let go a piece of land they considered theirs, they thought that expelling these dreaded people here was going to make the land useless for the Babanki people and so will push them further away thus automatically solving the dispute. But some goodwill missionaries came in 1951and took pity on these people and decided to save their souls by transforming it into a missionary health centre. The centre then grew into a hospital. Explaining why MBH has such a large piece of land that has never been disputed, Rev Ambola pointed to the Bible, saying that sometimes things happen and people blame others for being responsible for them meanwhile, in reality, God allows them for His glory. He said thanks to these rejected people as are some lepers today the CBC has emerged as a champion in healthcare provision in the private sector, with MBH posing as one of the leading referral centres in Cameroon. Back to top^

Youth Network for Abstinence Holds Gatekeepers' Training in Mutengene
Over 40 Teachers, Youth Pastors, Students, and Cultural Group Leaders converged at the CBCHB Regional Training Center in Mutengene from January 10 - 12, 2008 for an Abstinence Education Training. Participants came from the Littoral Province and all six Divisions of the Southwest Province. According to the Southwest Coordinator of Youth Network for Abstinence (YONEFAB), Mrs. Ngum Lauretta, the trainees are expected to sensitize and encourage youths in their communities to form or join existing abstinence clubs. As objectives for 2008, the Southwest bureau wishes to initiate at least 25 new clubs, strengthen the existing clubs and also to extend the program to other provinces like Littoral, West and Adamawa. The General Supervisor of YONEFAB, Mr. Kangong Joce says the manual needs to be translated into French before they can easily affect the French speaking part of Cameroon. Nonetheless the program has been introduced in Bamkim in Adamawa province.   
For the three days, participants were drilled on the overview of the CBCHB AIDS Care and Prevention Program, Essentials of HIV and AIDS, Reasons and how to abstain from sexual activities until marriage, Behavior Change strategies and process, Starting and running an Abstinence Club, amongst others. Earlier in his welcome speech, the CBCHB AIDS Care and Prevention Program General Supervisor, Mr. Nkfusai Joseph, said much has been done and much still has to be done in the fight against the HIV and AIDS pandemic,
CBCHB ACP Supervisor, Mr. Nkfusai Joseph, delivering openning speech
Trainee receiving certificate of participation
Trainees in family photograph
thus the need for the Gatekeepers’ training. He reminded participants that even though young people remain the most at risk of HIV infection, the fight against this pandemic still remain in their hands. He said though the training focused on Abstinence Education and HIV and AIDS prevention, participants should not be blinded to the fact that there are other health issues like Diabetes, Hypertension, and Cancer. Thus, young people should be encouraged to visit health facilities even if they do not feel sick. "Yesterday HIV and AIDS was considered a death sentence; today it is a chronic condition and tomorrow we are expecting a cure", he said. He promised to include information on Health Education in the training manuals before the end of 2008. Back to top^
CBCHB DIRECTOR OF HEALTH SERVICES CALLS FOR MORE
PROFESSIONALISM IN END OF YEAR SPEECH

The Director of CBC Health Services (DHS), Prof. Tih Pius Muffih has once more reminded Health Board (HB) workers of the necessity for professionalism in the discharge of their duties, hard work, duty consciousness, love and concern for the sick. Addressing the CBCHB staff in his traditional New Year greetings, the Director said, “It is important that we continue to offer continuing education to our staff. Quality services come from quality staff, well qualified for the tasks they perform.” The 3-page address also stresses on the necessity for timely supply of drugs and medical needs in hospitals and health centers, and improvement on staff performance.

The DHS, who himself is an embodiment of all these qualities, used this opportunity to congratulate the various departments for their hard work and conscientiousness throughout 2007. Prof Tih particularly singled out medical doctors and praised them for the extra effort they put in despite the drop in their number from 37 to 35. Above all, the DHS encouraged the entire personnel of the CBCHB to continue with this spirit of hard work this 2008.

About the financial situation of the Board, the DHS said, “The overall financial position of the Board remained stable through out the year. In 2006, I informed you that we will delay your generous donations of two months salary indefinitely but asked that you contribute towards the drug revolving fund. You did so and contributed 16 million francs towards the fund. Thank you very much for that action. We have no reason to talk of the two months salary donation now. We will continue with stringent management of the resources at our disposal. The convention took a major decision to decentralize our finances to improve on accountability at the Board level. This is a good move not only for the Health Board but also for the whole CBC. If this continues for the years ahead, the CBC will emerge as a real strong local Church in Cameroon. This has happened thanks to your prayers and hard work. Thank you very much. Please continue to pray for this to succeed.”

Prof. Tih promised to continue his unannounced visits to the various institutions in 2008. These visits will extend to staff homes to ensure that these houses are neatly and properly maintained for their comfort. “I plan to do inspections personally so that we can award a prize to the neatest institution and also the neatest house in our institutions. I am asking you to inform your wives that I may visit your home any time in 2008 for inspection to see the state of your house. This is limited to staff who live in Health Board (HB)houses.”

In 2008, the HB plans to continue with the following main areas of focus: Spiritual growth of its staff, improving on staff performance, patient reception and care, ensuring a steady supply of drugs to all its institutions, ensuring prompt payment of salaries and taxes, improving on its infrastructure including living apartments, careful evaluation of staff to retain who perform well and rellieving those who are perform poorly. The Board equally intends to maintain a high level of discipline and greater stewardship in financial and human resources management within its institutions. Click here to download the whole address(PDF)>> Back to top^

 
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