Pan-African Academy Of Christian Surgeons

Pan-African Academy Of Christian Surgeons (PAACS)


         PAACS/CIMS graduate more Specialist Doctors June 14, 2014

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.

CBCHS Graduates Five Specialist Doctors; Three General Surgeons, Two Internists
The CBCHS has turned another golden page in its history of excellence by graduating yet another batch of specialist doctors; three general surgeons and two internists. These included: Dr. Jerry Fahnloe Brown from Liberia, Dr. Ekwen Gerald Takem from SWR, Cameroon, and Dr. Mifila De Gaule Atengol from the Democratic Republic of Congo, all from the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) programme. The Christian Internal Medicine Specialization (CIMS) programme also graduated two internists namely: Dr. Koudjou Takengny Armand and Dr. Mbanga Evans Ndeni Njom from Cameroon. The PAACS graduates spent 5 years in training while their counterparts from CIMS spent 4 years. PAACS was graduating the fourth batch of surgeons (twice each in BBH and MBH) while CIMS was graduating her second batch exclusively in MBH.