---------Patial View of Mbingo Baptist Hospital------
Mbingo Baptist Hospital is a referral hospital in Cameron and the West Africa Sub Region. The Hospital is equally an approved HIV/AIDS treatment center. It serves as a training centre for the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) and the Christian Internal Medicine Specialization programmes. The Hospital began in 1952 as a Leprosy Settlement. In 1965 the General Hospital became an up-shoot of the Leprosy Settlement. The Hospital provides comprehensive health care among which the following services standout: General nursing, eye surgery, general surgery, orthopaedic surgery, Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) surgery, vocational training and rehabilitation. By March 2013, the Hospital had 579 workers with a bed capacity of over 270. It provides a complete package from consultation to the provision of drugs, and runs a 24 hours service (three shifts system) with an average of 72,000 patients seen annually. The hospital has an improved security system to safeguard amongst others all the clients and their properties, the staff and the immediate surroundings.
Eye Department services
The Eye Department has dedicated staff with a resident Ophthalmologist and offers comprehensive eye care. This comprised of the following:
- Outpatient consultations with services like; the prescription and fitting of lenses, diode laser surgery, YAG laser surgery & fundus photography
- Eye surgery and procedures such as cataract extraction plus intra ocular lens placement, pterygium & transplant etc.
- Glaucoma Screening
Some 1,640 patients are seen monthly at the department.
The MBH Lab. is opened 24/7 and does full blood count:
- Blood chemistry
- CD4 count
- Urine and stool exams
- Culture and sensitivity
- All serological tests, etc.
The hospital does gynaecological and obstetric surgery, general and specialized surgical procedures like prostatectomy/TURP, total abdominal hysterectomy, partial hysterectomy, hernia repairs of all types, amputation, incision & drainage, vein stripping, mastectomy or all types, circumcision, cardiac window creation, etc. In April 2013, the hospital had two surgeons (all trainers in the PAACS programmes) and two specialists (an ENT Doctor and an Orthopaedist).
The CBCHS oral health programme (Dental Services) started in the late 1960s with just a few volunteers and Missionaries. Today, there are five Cameroonian Dentists, six Dental Therapists, 12 Dental Assistants, 14 Expanded Duty Dental Assistants and close to 30 Dental Auxiliaries. The average number of dental cases seen monthly in all CBCHS Dental clinics today stands at 3,500 in 2013 as against 50 in 1970. The CBCHS today runs 10 Dental Clinics in six of Cameroon’s ten Regions and 9 are functional. These are located as follows:
- Centre Region (Yaounde): Etoug-Ebe Baptist Hospital and Ekounou Baptist Health Centre
- Littoral Region (Douala): Mboppi Baptist Health Hospital
- South West Region: Baptist Hospital Mutengene, Kumba Baptist Health Centre
- North West Region: (Bamenda) Nkwen Baptist Health Centre,Mbingo Baptist and Banso Baptist Hospital.
- Adamawa Region (Banyo): Baptist Hospital Banyo (Not functional)
- West Province (Bafoussam): Bafoussam Baptist Health Centre
Most clients are low income earners who depend on the CBCHS Oral Health Programme for their dental health. However, the Programme also regularly receives the well-to-do. As at now, this programme is the largest oral healthcare provider in Cameroon.
Services offered include:
- Scaling and Polishing
- Fillings (Composite and Glass Ionomer)
- Root Canal Treatment
- Removable partial and complete dentures
- Third molar surgery
- Management of facial injuries/mandibular reduction
- Removable orthodontic appliances
- Some cosmetic dentistry
- Facial veneers using composite
- Crowns and bridges.
The CBCHS Oral Health Programme was the first in Cameroon to fill adult (permanent) teeth with high viscous Glass Ionomer using the Atraumatic Restorative Treatment technique (ART). This technique is a new approach in the management of dental caries without using dental drill, plumbed water, or electricity. ART involves using hand instruments to clean dental cavities and filling with an adhesive, fluoride-releasing material – Glass Ionomer (High Viscous). The treatment process needs no anaesthetic because pain and discomfort are rare. This approach is entirely consistent with modern concepts of preventive and restorative oral care, which stresses maximum effort in the prevention and minimal invasiveness of oral tissues. The ART technique has enabled the CBCHS Oral Health Programme to go beyond the age of amalgam fillings and Black’s Principles of cavity preparation, with the hope of conserving as much tooth tissues as possible with maximum comfort. The goal of the CBCHB Oral Health Programme is painless dentistry for all.
To improve on her dental services, the CBCHS purchased three complete modern dental chairs and plans are underway to acquire more. In the same light, the CBCHS started recruiting Dental Auxiliaries from the Cameroon Baptist Convention Private Training School for Health Personnel (CBC PTSHP) in 2012 to boost the quality of services.
Community Oral Health Programme
The CBCHS started the Community Oral Health Programme in 2009 in Banso Baptist Hospital with support from Dentaid, a British dental charity organization devoted to the improvement of oral health in disadvantaged communities around the world. The programme has as focus to meet clients at their doorsteps in the fight against oral diseases.
This innovative initiative commenced with a School Oral Health Programme in primary schools. The programme offers oral health education, supervise daily tooth brushing (using tooth brushes and toothpaste), fill teeth using the Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) technique, and do minor extractions.
It is worth noting that Dentaid initially supported the CBCHS with 10 dental surgeries, expert advice, workshops in dental equipment maintenance, infection control in dentistry, and Atraumatic Restorative Treatment.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Bouetou Tantoh Z. Theresia (Dental Surgeon)
Supervisor, CBCHB Dental Services
Tel: +237 7767 2143
The hospital pharmacy supplies clients with quality drugs and drug related items to both In and Outpatients. It has satellite pharmacies within the hospital. MBH also hosts the CBC Central Pharmacy satellite store rendering consistency in the supply of drugs both to the hospital, its health centers and the Hansen’s disease (Leprosy) Hospital. The MBH Pharmacy is opened 24/7 and has a computerized drug management system that makes it unique.
Physiotherapy (PT) and Prosthetic services
The PT department of the hospital offers treatment for the following conditions; Fractures, Low back pain, club foot, sport injuries (sprains/strains), burns, neck pains, paraplegics, quadriplegics etc.
The Hospital treats hemiplegia (stroke), cerebral palsy, facial palsy etc. Fitness and weight reduction program, prosthetic and orthotic services are also offered:
Production of Below knee (BK) and Above knee (AK) prosthesis – artificial legs. Production of various splinting and assistive devices equally takes place here. The PT Department attended to 10,002 clients in the clinic and 311 follow ups were conducted in 2012.
Technical Services Department
Technology rules the world. MBH is blessed with a well equipped technical services department that operates and trains in the following domain; construction, maintenance, Metal shop, Carpentry, Automobile sub departments. A lot of what is used in the hospital is produced and maintained by this department.
Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) Department
This department is involved in screening, identification and treatment of leprosy. Follow up of patients in the community, rehabilitation, and sensitization. The department also trains nurses in the treatment and management of the disease. By and large, the department produces and mends special shoes for anesthetic feet and feet with deformities.
Biomedical Engineering services
It is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of medical equipment.
Care & Treatment Center
The MBH Care and Treatment Centre is an initiative of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The center provides comprehensive HIV primary care that includes ART, Adherence counseling, psychological counseling, pastoral counseling and nutritional counseling. Family centered care is also given the clients with particular attention paid to clinical, psychological and environmental issues. Over 1200 clients are seen at the centre every month.
Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services
This department provides PMTCT services and also supervises the PMTCT services in 64 sites in three different health districts in the Northwest Region – Ndop, Tubah and Fundong. The services include voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) for HIV in pregnant women, education on infant feeding, administration of ARV prophylaxis in positive cases to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother-to-child and referral to Care and Treatment Centers for evaluation and treatment. In 2012, 322 pregnant women were screened. The department also runs the men as partners (MAP) program which offers free screening and reproductive health services to all men. There is equally a Nutrition Improvement Program (NIP) which takes care of the nutritional aspects of clients in the hospital and other sister health units.
MBH is one of the approved centers for the treatment of Tuberculosis (TB). The department offers services like diagnosis, free treatment, follow-up of client in the community as need be and sensitization.
Community Based Rehabilitation services (CBR)
The programme offers services to people with disabilities including; prevention of disabilities and community services, rehabilitation program to the disabled, special and general education for deaf children. In 2012, the CBR visited 377 communities and attended to 21,148 people. Community Sign Language was taught to 11,916 people in 289 families.
This department is opened to the public and provides foods like; cookies, plain cakes, wedding and birth day cakes, doughnuts, chinchin, and other meals. There is also the provision of both local and European dishes. Quality food is available for patients and caregivers at very affordable prices.
This is one of the most important components of the hospital services, healing and encouraging the spiritually sick clients in order that they might be brought to the serving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Typical activities include: grief and loss care, risk screening, facilitation of spiritual issues, crisis intervention/Critical Incident Stress Assistance, spiritual assessment, conflict resolution among staff members, and family members, supervising volunteer pastors who can assist in spiritual care to the sick.
The Social services department is committed to helping people function at their maximum potential by promoting social change, solving problems in human relationships, empowerment and liberation of the oppressed under the banner of privacy and confidentiality. Amongst others, major activities of the unit include; counseling, advocacy, rehabilitation, follow up of social cases, linkage of clients to essential resources, education, etc. It also facilitates the hospital’s recreational and social activities. In 2012, the social services attended to a total of 1,996 clients.
Mbingo Baptist Hospital
PMB 42, Via Bamenda
North West Region
Cameroon, West Africa
Security: +237 7704 2705
Administrator: +237 7780 0681
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