CBCHS Central Administration Dedicates New Building, Service Vehicles
The CBC Health Services Central Administration has dedicated a new imposing edifice to host the Empowerment and Disability Inclusive Development (EDID) programme, Socio-Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SEEPD) programme and the Director of Health Services’ (DHS) Office. Some three service vehicles mainly for the HIV Free project to be used in the Littoral and Centre regions and a bus for Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) visitors were also dedicated. The dedication on June 8, 2015 was conducted by the Executive President of the CBC, Rev. Godwill Ncham in the presence of CBC leaders who were attending board meetings at the Baptist Headquarters in Nkwen, Bamenda.
Speaking during the event, the CBC Director of Health Services (DHS), Prof. Tih Pius Muffih said all good gifts come from God and therefore He (God) needs to be acknowledged for His goodness. The DHS beseeched the occupants of the building to deliver acceptable services to all who need them. He stated that the main funding for the building came from the Liliane Foundation in The Netherlands, Christofell Blinden Mission (CBM) in Germany and the President Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in the US. Talking about the accessibility of the one-storey building to persons with disabilities, Prof. Tih said a lift was going to be installed in two weeks from the date of the dedication. He went further to explain that a ram would have blocked the beauty of the building due to lack of space.
The service vehicles, Prof. Tih reiterated, were principally donated by PEPFAR through the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) Atlanta. Quizzed on the expediency of the vehicles, the DHS said they will be used mainly in the Centre and Littoral regions to reach out to the peripheries and take care of people living with HIV and AIDS or pregnant women. He said the four-wheel drive vehicles can go to almost everywhere in the hinterlands to serve the people. The bus which he described as ‘comfortable’ will be used for transporting CBCHS visitors to and fro the airports. Appreciating the building, the EDID and SEEPD Programme Managers, Mrs. Agho Glory and Mr. Awa Jacque Chirac respectively, said they were happy because the new building has provided enough office space to host their services. The new building they said will solve the space challenge and lead to increased productivity given that accommodation is key to staff performance.
CBC Integrated School for the Deaf Scores 100% in Government Common Entrance
The CBC Integrated School for Deaf in Mbingo (ISFD) and Mbingo One Primary and Nursery Schools have scored 100 per cent in the 2015 Government Common Entrance examination. The information was disclosed by the head teachers during a joint graduation and prize award ceremony of the two schools. The ceremony took place at the Mbingo Baptist Hospital (MBH) Chapel on June 4, 2015. Some 30 pupils and 22 kids graduated from Mbingo one Primary and Nursery School while nine pupils graduated from ISFD. The 13th and 10th batches from CBC Mbingo One and ISFD respectively were handed end of course attestations.
Presiding over the graduation ceremony, the Senior Administrator for MBH, Mr Nji Richard noted that graduation is an important event in the lives of the pupils and kids given that it takes them from one educational level to another. He congratulated the teachers and pupils of both schools for the brilliant results recorded in the Common Entrance Exams and urged them to keep the flag flying high. Mr. Nji commended the efforts of the parents in sacrificing resources to ensure that their children acquire education in the schools. He noted that the pupils had been built up spiritually, morally and academically.
The Head Teacher of ISFD, Mr. Che Manasseh represented the Socio Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SEEPD) Program Manager who was out of the country for other assignments. He called on parents to partner with the SEEPD program in order to continue providing holistic support to persons with impairments while ensuring their inclusion in the society. Mr Che noted that with the collaboration of the SEEPD program, ISFD was able to organize joint socio-cultural activities for the two schools aimed at promoting social inclusion. He disclosed that the secret of their success every year is team spirit and hard work.
The Head Teacher of Mbingo One Primary and Nursery School, Mr. Ndousak Solomon said 403 pupils have passed through the school with so many of them now into different professions. He noted that the brilliant results of the schools have become a tradition and called on parents to send their children to these schools in the coming academic year.
The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) presidents of the two schools used the ceremony to appreciate Dordrecht Bamenda Foundation Netherlands for donating classrooms to ISFD. They added their voices to that of the previous speakers in congratulating the schools for their results.
In separate speeches, the head girls of the schools appreciated the Ministry of Basic Education, CBC Health Services, the administration of MBH, their parents and teachers for facilitating their educational process. They pleaded for continuous spiritual, moral and financial support to enable them ascend the academic ladder and other facets of life .They called on the CBC Health Services to continue partnering with community leaders in order to educate other children with impairments in the community.
Dressed in their purple and green robes, the graduates with great smiles on their faces thrilled their peers, parents and teachers with songs, poems, speeches amongst others.
Pleased with the results and efforts of the teachers, some parents appreciated them with a cake as a sign of their joy.
The training of specialist doctors has become more or less a tradition that has come to stay within the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) precisely at Mbingo Baptist Hospital (MBH). History was re-created on June 14, 2014 at the MBH Chapel when Dr. Ngoe Anthony Nesoah and Dr. Kamdem Jacob graduated from the sixth batch of the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) and the third batch of the Christian Internal Medicine Specialization (CIMS) programmes respectively. Dr. Nesoah spent 5 years at PAACS while Dr. Kamdem spent 4 years at CIMS.
The two Cameroonian specialist doctors were highly acclaimed by cheering family members including the Fon of Baham in the West region where Dr. Kamdem hails, CBCHS workers from across the Board and a handful of dignitaries among who were the Lord Mayor of Belo, the Boyo Divisional Delegate of Labour and Social Security, Missionaries, the Health Director of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon (Dr. Nchifor Simon) and representatives of the CBC General Council namely: the CBC Vice President (Justice Betty Luma), the President of Cameroon Baptist Seminary Kumba (Rev. Lobe Bernard) and the Mbem Field Pastor (Rev. Jumbuin Harrison). They brought greetings from the CBC General Council that was meeting in Bamenda to adopt the Convention’s revised constitution.
In his welcome address, the Director of Health Services (DHS), Prof. Tih Pius Muffih said he was proud and happy for the success the CBCHS is achieving in providing affordable quality healthcare in six of Cameroon’s ten regions via her 5 hospitals, 25 health centres and over 40 primary health centres (PHCs). The DHS thanked the professors for training the doctors and the Ministry of Health for partnership and supervision of the CBCHS run specialization programmes.
The Lord Mayor of Belo, Mr. Tosam Bernard as well as the CBC Vice President, Justice Betty Luma threw flowers on the CBCHS for their innovation in training specialist doctors in Africa for Africans, a practice which hitherto, had been the pres erve of the West. Mayor Tosam remarked that Mbingo Baptist Hospital has brought the image of his Belo Municipality to the limelight in the country and beyond.
Dr. Sherry M. Wren, Professor of Surgery, Standford University, California, USA brought the Commencement Address during which she congratulated the graduates and their families who should be proud for their achievements and future contributions to the health and welfare of Africa. She said, “I have admired the PACCS organization for many years because of their real commitment to train African surgeons who practice in Africa”. She, however, lamented that this is not true in other countries like Zimbabwe where more than 85 percent of health professionals leave the country and practice elsewhere. Dr. Sherry was optimistic that only training and education of Africans can solve this important problem where health professionals fly thousands of kilometers from the USA to work in Africa.Dr. Sherry explained that medicine is a noble profession when practiced without greed and with the tenet of always putting the patient first and treating them the way ‘you would want your own family to be treated’. She told the graduates to do their best to go out and improve the health of communities they will work in. “I believe every physician must believe in honour, duty and obligation,” thus, “Do the right thing,” she emphasized.The professor of surgery was equally impressed with the character of the people she met in Mbingo. She noted that they were committed to their faith and education and all plan to serve their local communities who need their skills. Above all, Dr. Sherry challenged the graduates to critically evaluate changes and adopt those that improve patient care. In her words, “Your clinical practice must evolve and move forward or it becomes stale”.A similar charge came from Dr. Wefaun Jonah, Chairman of the CBC Health Board, himself retired internist. The venerated physician congratulated the two graduating doctors for successfully completing the advanced medical training but charged them to keep researching in order to live with the changing dynamics of medicine.
Responding, Dr. Ngoe Anthony Nesoah and Dr. Kamdem Jacob had enough time to thank all those who contributed in their success. These included: the Director of PACCS, Dr. James Brown, the Director of CIMS, Dr. Dennis Palmer who was satisfied that all major CBC hospitals now have internists, faculty members, MBH administration and staff, Prof. Tih Pius for his leadership dynamism, family members and friends. They pledged to shine the light of Jesus in their high calling as specialist doctors wherever they go to serve. In particular, Dr. Nesoah wished to see a time when the achievements of the CBCHS will be spoken from our nation’s National Assembly.
Speaking during the occasion, the CBC Director of Health Services Prof. Tih Pius Muffih christened the 2014 graduating class " The Batch of Hope", because he hoped they will make a positive difference in the community at a time characterised by challenges in the medical field, at a time when communities are threatened by both communicable and non communicable diseases, not leaving out the current African Ebola outbreak and cholera which has almost become endemic to some regions of Cameroon. The Public Health expert therefore called on the graduates to come out with a humble spirit and a determination to put into practice both the Mission and Vision Statements of the CBCHS. He extended his appreciation to the Government and other stakeholders for enabling the students to prepare themselves for greater works of service to the populations.
The Assistant Divisional Officer for Bui, Mr. Milla Felix on his part saluted the efforts of the CBCHS in partnering with the government to train Cameroonians in a bid to alleviate poverty and meet the health needs of the populations. He described the nursing profession as the continuation of Jesus' healing ministry on earth, while calling on the graduates to arm themselves with devotion and commitment, which are necessary ingredients in a profession that entail lots of sacrifices and selflessness.
Speaker after speaker at the event lauded the innovative and pacesetting services of the CBCHS, as evidenced by the eight graduates from the newly instituted Biomedical Science Department. According to the Principal of the PTSHP, Mr. Nkwan Jacob, the eight graduates from this new deparment have acquired specialised skills in hospital equipment maintenance and repair, as well as basic clinical skills. The Principal called upon government authorities to facilitate such technical trainings by providing the much needed equipment which are expensive and often scarce. He said such trainings could lead Cameroon to emergence by 2035, by opening new doors of opportunities.
In an academic discourse on " Suppression and its Effects on the Healing Process of a Patient", Mr. Mondi Ernest described health care as a holistic and comprehensive endeavour that takes into consideration other parts of the human body other than the physical. In this respect, Mr. Mondi said the mind as well as past events that have shaped personalities, and those around patients (care givers) have an important role to play in the healing process. He therefore called on both the health care providers and care givers to be mindful of the kind of words they proffer besides patients, even unconscious ones because they (words) are a non negligible factor in the healing process.
The ceremony culminated in the award of certificates and prizes to meritorious graduates in theory and practical in the ten departments of the School. Some staff who distinguished themselves also took home certificates of excellence. In this category, the school Principal was recognised for his innovation, hard work and professionalism at the head of the school for close to four years, while Ms. Mih Erica and Mrs. Fai Alice were crowned as best tutor and best mentor respectively. Dr. Keith Streatfeild, Anaesthetist course Coordinator on his part received a certificate of excellence for outstanding and sacrificial services both in the PTSHP and MBH for three long years, away from his native Australia, far from comfort and relatives.
The graduates also led the way in a fundraising exercise, aimed at completing the modern school building under construction.
As curtains fell over the 2014 edition of the PTSHP end of year and graduation ceremony, it will be remembered as one of the most eventful, colourful and highly attended occasions, probably auguring new horizons for the school.
The young and growing Mamfe Baptist Health Centre has added a new department to the existing ones. The maternity department, whose services were on high demand since inception in September 2013 went operational on August 2014. At press time, some four births were already recorded, the first having taken place on August 1, 2014. Another highlight in the Health Centre during the month of August was the doctor's support visit, which unfortunately suffered a drop in attendance due to a drivers' strike action that was being observed. Despite the strike action, a good number of patients still trekked long distances to come to the centre for quality services rendered. According to our Mamfe based reporter, Njobara Innocent, the quality services rendered have attracted the attention of the local Health District which now invites the health centre to meetings and eminars. Plans are underway for the health centre to be included in the Expanded Programme on Immunization since a suspected yellow fever case was identified in the centre and forwarded to the right quarters for proper follow-up.
According to repor t s , a l l the s e developments call for an increase in the number of staff, given the added workload. It is in this light that the Chief of Centre (COC), Mr. Lemloh Gerald is appealing on the administration to send at least two additional nurses to his centre. According to the COC, if this demand is met, it will be possible for the centre to operate on a shift system, which will go a long way to meet the needs of the population that come even late in the night for admissions.