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SOS: Another Set ofConjoined Twins Born at Banso Baptist Hospital (BBH)

The CBCHS is once more in the news following the birth of a set of conjoined identical twins (all males) this time in Banso Baptist Hospital (BBH). The first ever conjoined twins were delivered normally in the CBCHS in 2 0 0 6 precisely in K w i g h e B a p t i s t H e a l t h Centre by the nurse on d u t y, Mr. M u n a n g  I n n o c e n t now chief of F i n k w I B a p t i s t H e a l t h Centre. The one in BBH is the second c a s e o f conjoined twins delivered in the over 50 year's history of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services. The twins were born through cesarean section to the family of Ndi Julius and Nformi Eveline Bombi, a farmer aged 34. They hail from Njinigo Ndu in the NW region but reside in Douala. The children are fully developed with all other independent structures but conjoined at the abdomen from the umbilical level right below the breast. The children have one umbilical cord but separate external structure such as heads, hands and legs. To determine the internal anatomic structures, Dr. Ngock George who led the surgical operation, ordered a series of medical tests to evaluate the structural relationship while waiting for the surgical separation opportunity. The midwife on duty, Mrs. Gwei Adeline who accompanied the pregnant lady from the maternity to the theatre told our reporter in BBH, Njolai Lawrence that the conjoined twins are healthy but prays God to bring a Good Samaritan to the rescue of the babies.

 

Admission into the Private Training School for Health Personnel (BBH)

The Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Health Services is recruiting candidates to train as, Pharmacy Auxiliary, Laboratory Auxiliary, Nursing Auxiliary, midwifery training, and Dental Auxiliary to serve within the CBC Health Services. Interested candidates should submit complete application files to the Principal of the Private Training School for Health Personnel latest Saturday November 15, 2014.

Ref.CBC/DHS-L/14/3021
October 14, 2014


Recruiting candidates to train for six months as Pharmacy Auxiliary
The Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Health Services is recruiting candidates to train for six months as Pharmacy Auxiliary to serve within the CBC Health Services. Interested candidates should submit complete application files to the Principal of the Private Training School for Health Personnel latest Saturday November 15, 2014.

Qualifications
Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and not older than 40 years by January 2015.
General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary level in at least 4 subjects, including English Language, and Sciences, or its equivalence
Requirements
Hand written application addressed to the Principal of the Private Training School for Health Personnel, stating the candidates address, contact detail, and examination centre
Photocopy of GCE certificate or results slip
Photocopy of birth certificate and national identity card
Photocopy of marriage certificate, if married
Photocopy of church membership card
Current church recommendation not older than 3 months
Examination fee of 5,000 francs cfa, to be paid on the day of the examination

The entrance examination shall be written on Friday November 29, 2014 in the following examination centres: Private Training School for Health Personnel (PTSHP), Mbingo Baptist Hospital (MBH), and Baptist Hospital Mutengene (BHM). Candidates shall present the originals of their certificates on the day of the examination. The examination shall consist of English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and General Knowledge.

Successful candidates shall be expected to attend an interview on a date still to be announced. Candidates who shall succeed in the interview shall complete a physical examination at the cost of 15,000 francs cfa for males, and 20, 000 francs cfa for females. Classes shall begin in the Private Training School for Health Personnel on Monday January 19, 2015. The school fees shall be 150,000 francs cfa.


Recruiting candidates to train for six months as Laboratory Auxiliary
The Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Health Services is recruiting candidates to train for six months as Laboratory Auxiliary to serve within the CBC Health Services. Interested candidates should submit complete application files to the Principal of the Private Training School for Health Personnel latest Saturday November 15, 2014.

Qualifications
Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and not older than 40 years by January 2015.
General Certificate of Education(GCE) Ordinary level in at least 4 subjects, including English Language, and Sciences, or its equivalence


Requirements
Hand written application addressed to the Principal of the Private Training School for Health Personnel, stating the candidates address, contact detail, and examination centre
Photocopy of GCE certificate or results slip
Photocopy of birth certificate and national identity card
Photocopy of marriage certificate, if married
Photocopy of church membership card
Current church recommendation not older than 3 months
Examination fee of 5,000 francs cfa, to be paid on the day of the examination

The entrance examination shall be written on Friday November 29, 2014 in the following examination centres: Private Training School for Health Personnel (PTSHP), Mbingo Baptist Hospital (MBH), and Baptist Hospital Mutengene (BHM). Candidates shall present the originals of their certificates on the day of the examination. The examination shall consist of English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and General Knowledge.

Successful candidates shall be expected to attend an interview on a date still to be announced. Candidates who shall succeed in the interview shall complete a physical examination at the cost of 15,000 francs cfa for males, and 20, 000 francs cfa for females. Classes shall begin in the Private Training School for Health Personnel on Monday January 19, 2015. The school fees shall be 150,000 francs cfa.


Rrecruiting candidates to train for six months as Nursing Auxiliary
The Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Health Services is recruiting candidates to train for six months as Nursing Auxiliary to serve within the CBC Health Services. Interested candidates should submit complete application files to the Principal of the Private Training School for Health Personnel latest Saturday November 15, 2014.

Qualifications
Candidates must be at least18 years of age and not older than 40 years by January 2015.
General Certificate of Education(GCE) Ordinary level in at least 4 subjects, including English Language, or its equivalence


Requirements
Hand written application addressed to the Principal of the Private Training School for Health Personnel, stating the candidates address, contact detail, and examination centre
Photocopy of GCE certificate or results slip
Photocopy of birth certificate and national identity card
Photocopy of marriage certificate, if married
Photocopy of church membership card
Current church recommendation not older than 3 months
Examination fee of 5,000 francs cfa, to be paid on the day of the examination

The entrance examination shall be written on Friday November 28, 2014 in the following examination centres: Private Training School for Health Personnel (PTSHP), Mbingo Baptist Hospital (MBH), and Baptist Hospital Mutengene (BHM). Candidates shall present the originals of their certificates on the day of the examination. The examination shall consist of English Language, Mathematics, Basic Anatomy and Physiology, and General Knowledge.

Successful candidates shall be expected to attend an interview on a date still to be announced. Candidates who shall succeed in the interview shall complete a physical examination at the cost of 15,000 francs cfa for males, and 20, 000 francs cfa for females. Classes shall begin in the Private Training School for Health Personnel on Monday January 19, 2015. The school fees shall be 150,000 francs cfa.

PAACS /CIMS graduate two more doctors

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.

 

CBC Private Training School for Health Personnel Graduates Batch of Hope
Some 213 young men and women "christened the Batch of Hope" have received end of course certificates during the traditional end of year and graduation ceremony of students from the CBC Private Training School for Health Personnel (PTSHP) Banso , including Nursing Auxiliaries, Nursing Assistants, Advanced Practice Nursing Assistants, (Medical Surgical & Obstetrics) Laboratory Auxiliaries, Advanced Practice Laboratory Assistants, Pharmacy Auxiliaries, Ultrasound Assistant Technicians, Biomedical Assistant Technicians and Nurse Anaesthetists at the Kumbo Baptist Church. The colourful and massively attended graduation ceremony witnessed the presence of some high-level dignitaries from the government, Missionaries, municipal, religious, traditional authorities, CBCHS leaders, guardians of the graduates, friends and well wishers.
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.
Maternity Services go Operational in Mamfe Baptist Health Centre

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.

 

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