Health Services Complex, Mutengene

Health Services Complex, Mutengene

Main Block of Health Services Complex

Historical Background
The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) acquired the PLANTECAM property and lease from its Liquidator Maitre Wolber in July 2001 and named it, Health Services Complex (HSC) Mutengene in 2001.
The CBCHS later on acquired the land from the Bakweri Cooperative Union of Farmers (BCUF) Real Estate and Housing Society Ltd and established a land certificate for it.
The premises of the CBC Health Services Complex is host to CBC Central Pharmacy, CBC AIDS Control Program (ACP), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),Hiv Free South West, a PEPFAR funded project, CBC Regional Training Center for Excellence, Rest House and Canteen facilities.
Mr. Nkfusai Joseph Fonyuy was the pioneer Administrator of the Health Services Complex, Mutengene for 11 years (2001- 2012).The current Administrator is Mr. Ngang Paul Makwondoh (October 2012 till present). The Assistant Administrators have been; Mr. Kangong Joce (2006- 2008), Mr. Karawa Emmanuel (2008- 2009) and Mrs. Fai Nyuydzele Bridget from 2009 till present.

The staff capacity of the Complex as at May 31, 2009 stood at 107 with a significant proportion of them being university graduates from different academic and professional backgrounds.

The CBCHB intends to develop the Regional Training Centre to a Public Health School and a Centre for Excellence in Health Capacity Building.
1-    Activities
II – Central Pharmacy
III – Rest House Services
IV – Security Department
V – Environmental Conservation
VI – Health Management Information System
VII – Chaplaincy
VIII– Technical Services Department
IX– Staff Canteen
X – Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention
XI- Regional Training Centre
XII- Farm
XIII- Sports Infrastructure
XIV- Partners

Coordination of CBCHB AIDS Care and Prevention Programme 
The CBCHB AIDS Care and Prevention Programme (ACP) Coordination Office is located within the Health Services Complex premises even though the various components of the programme operate within the different health facilities of the CBCHB. The CBCHB-ACP programme is very comprehensive and covers most aspects of AIDS work in the system. Its activities include HIV prevention, care and treatment for people living with the virus, and care and psychosocial support for the affected. Greater emphasis is being laid on prevention to help the many who are still uninfected to guard against the virus. The programme comprises the following components:

  • Community AIDS Education
  • Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT)
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Control
  • Orphan Care (Chosen Children)
  • Support Groups for People Living With HIV (PLWHIV)
  • Care and treatment
  • Youth Network for Health
  • Adopt a Health Care Worker
  • Reproductive Health
  • Extended Forum for Care (Contact Tracing )
  • Palliative Care
  • New Life Club ( Sex Workers Rehabilitation)
  • Nutrition Improvement Programme

II – Central Pharmacy
The Central Pharmacy (CP) is one of the most vital services of the CBCHB. It coordinates management and distribution of drugs and medical supplies to all CBCHB medical institutions. It was created in 1989 to coordinate and harmonise the ordering and distribution of all pharmaceuticals within the Board’s institutions. It also trains pharmacy personnel for CBC health services.
CP’s main mission is to “Rationally and efficiently make available good quality essential drugs and medical supplies at affordable prices in sufficient quantities and in the shortest time possible to all CBC health institutions, so as to satisfactorily meet the needs of clients and bring about delighted and loyal customers at all drug supply levels in the CBC, and equally generate sufficient funds to develop and sustain drug supply in the health board the nation as a whole.
To achieve the purpose for which it was set up, the CP coordinates the following sub-units within the Health Services Complex premises:

    • Procurement and Distribution
    • Sterile Department
    • Non-sterile (Compounding) Department
    • Chemical Production Unit
    • Quality Assurance Department
    • HESCO Water Bottling Department

III – Rest House Services
The Catering (Rest House) department of HSC has 40 beds of which 20 are in self-contained rooms and a restaurant which provides meals on request to its guests. The 2 meter concrete fence and natural environment provide a mix of security and recreation for visitors. The Rest House serves mainly CBCHB workers on assignment at the HSC, those on transit to other stations, and foreign missionaries coming to serve in the CBCHB. Its clients receive the following services:

  • Clean and comfortable rooms
  • Variety of foods (on request) – both African and European dishes.
  • Laundry services
  • Conference Hall for various activities like meetings, weddings, birthday parties, etc.

IV – Security Department
The security department provides 24-hour security to HSC and CDC (Centre for Diseases Control) property and staff (when on duty), as well as clients in the compound. Their activities include:

  • Vehicle control to ensure that only authorised persons and items enter and leave the compound.
  • Receives and directs clients and visitors to meeting halls or lodging rooms.
  • Takes inventory of stock entering and leaving the compound.
  • Runs official errands to HSC administration and staff and responds to emergencies
  • Sells HESCO Water at the gate to passing customers.

V – Environmental Conservation
HSC is endowed with a variety of ornamental and pharmaceutical plants, which have been identified and labelled for conservation purposes. The staff here practice sustainable agriculture to preserve these plants.  Besides the pharmaceutical values of these plants, they contribute to the health of the staff and visitors and the beauty of the compound.

VI – Health Management Information System
Health systems data for all health institutions of the Board are collected and analyzed in the Health Services Complex. The purpose of this exercise is to provide essential information for planning and service improvement in the CBCHB.

VII – Chaplaincy
This department is concerned basically with the spiritual life of the HSC staff given that the institution is more of an industry. The Chaplaincy department thus offers staff individual counselling and follow-up to ensure love, and cordial working and social relationships among them in spite of their academic qualifications or ranks in their jobs.

VIII– Technical Services Department
HSC has a well developed technical services department with skilled technicians in assorted trades. The department is responsible for the maintenance of HSC’s and CDC’s equipment and installation of new ones. Occasionally, the department takes external contracts to generate income for its activities. HSC’s technical services department has four sub-units:

  • Carpentry workshop for all woodworks in the compound
  • Metal workshop for all metal works
  • Electrical workshop for repairs and maintenance of electronic appliances and other electrical works.
  • Air Conditioning workshop for repair, maintenance and installation works on all air conditioners in the compound.

IX– Staff Canteen
The Health Services Complex staff canteen provides food to staff and visitors at very moderate costs compared to other eating places in town. The six well trained staff (all females) of the canteen are routinely controlled to ensure that their health condition permits them to serve healthy food to the staff and visitors. They serve a variety of tasty local food items every working day.The staff canteen also runs a mini-shop that provides staff and visitors with assorted items.

X – Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention
This centre provides consultancy services to the CBCHB and Cameroon’s entire health system, especially in the area of HIV and AIDS. It also provides early infant diagnosis (EID) in HIV in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. This service is very vital as it enhances PMTCT services and Care and Treatment for infants living with HIV. Early diagnosis and treatment of infants living with HIV and AIDS increases survival among infected children.

XI- Regional Training Centre
The centre has the following:
Training halls and Breakout rooms,Equipment,
Lodging and catering services
XII- Farm
The HSC has a farm that grows Mangoes, Bananas, Plantains, Paw-paws, Mangosteen, Indian Bamboos, Maiz, etc. Plans are underway to begin fish farming to enable the institution meet the increasing demand for fish in the Rest House and Canteen.

XIII- Sports Infrastructure
The following sports facilities are functional at HSC:
Table Tennis
Basket Ball
Footing can be done along a traced footpath within the compound or toward the water catchment on the peripheral of the HSC fence.

Some Partners of CBCHB

  • Cameroon government
  • West Africa Region Programme / Actopm for West Africa Region
  • Elizabeth Gaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)
  • Centre s for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ATLANTA / CAMEROON
  • Care Cameroon
  • Unicef Cameroon
  • World Health Organisation