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Nkwen Baptist Health Centre is located within the Baptist Centre Nkwen premises in Bamenda at the Finance Junction neighbourhood. It started on May 2, 1979 in a rented structure as a dispensary with just 3 staff including the Chief of Post and moved into the present site in January 1982. It was finally upgraded into a full health centre in 1989.

Due to the rapid growth in the population of Bamenda and other neighbouring towns and localities, accompanied by the various health hazards that come with such growth, Nkwen Baptist Health Centre is strategically at the heart of health care provision in the capital city of the North West Region of Cameroon.

Staffing

Nkwen Baptist Health Centre has a staff strength of 72 including 1 Dental Surgeon, 2 General Practitioners and 5 Screeners. There are also a host of housekeepers (cleaners), who maintain the cleanliness of the health centre.

Working Hours

Monday to Friday: 7:00am - 3:00pm

Saturday: 7:00am - 1:00pm

Available Services

  1. Dental Services
  2. Laboratory
  3. Injection and Dressing
  4. Observation
  5. Eye care
  6. General Consultation (and referrals)
  7. The Antenatal Department (ANC)
  8. HIV & AIDS Care (PMTCT / MTCT-plus)
  9. Pharmacy
  10. Chaplaincy/Spiritual/Psycho-social Care (Counselling)
  11. Security
  12. Catering
  13. Projects

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The Health Centre offers the following healthcare services to patients:

  1. Dental Services
The dental department of the Nkwen Baptist Health Centre was set up in February 1987. It is reputed to be offering one of the best dental care services in the country as judged by the number of patients it receives daily, many coming from all over Cameroon. Its services are replicated in many other CBC Health Board institutions in the country. The department is manned by 1 dental specialist (i.e. Dentist also known as a Dental Surgeon), 1 Dental therapist, 6 Dental Assistants and 1 Dental Laboratory Technician. It is equipped with highly sophisticated medical equipment, to enable it handle all dental problems including the following:
  • Facial injuries,
  • Fillings,
  • Extractions,
  • General and local cleanings (prophylaxis),
  • Removable prosthesis,
  • Root canal treatment,
  • Intermaxilliary and interdental wiring, etc.
  • Community Oral Health Services in primary schools in Mezam Division of the North West Region of Cameroon where dental staff supervise daily tooth-brushing with tooth brushes and fluoride toothpastes. Still during the community outreach staff equally offer oral health education and treat children with dental problems on the spot. All these community oral health services are strictly free of charge. Back to top^
  1. Laboratory
The Nkwen Baptist Health Centre Laboratory has 9 well trained staff who carry out the following tests:
  • HIV Screening
  • Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
  • CD4 cell counts
  • Kidney Function
  • Liver Function
  • Urethral Smear
  • Vaginal Smear
  • Complete Urine Analysis
  • Stool Analysis
  • Sputum Analysis
  • Electrolysis
  • Filarial Test
  • Malarial Test
  • Sickling Test
  • Blood Grouping
  • Occult Blood
  • Sperm Analysis
  • Pregnancy Tests
  • Etc. etc. etc. Back to top^
  1. Injection and Dressing
This service of the Health Centre administers all types of injections to patients as prescribed by the doctor or screener. It also dresses all types of wounds on patients. But wounds not responding to treatment are referred to hospitals for special care. Back to top^
  1. Observation
Herel patients on drips or accident cases are placed under observation and later discharged to return home and continue with the drugs they have been prescribed. Back to top^
  1. Eye care

The Eye Department of the Nkwen Baptist Health Centre officially went operational August 20, 2004. There are 2 eye nurses today at the department who consult patients and refer difficult cases to specialists at Mbingo Baptist Hospital. It is equipped with specialised eye care machines like the slit lamp, ophthalmoscope, etc. The average number of patients seen annually has sharply risen from 1,733 in the first year of creation to close to 4,000 today.

Cases seen at the Nkwen Baptist Health Centre Eye Department include:

  • Visual and Basic Eye Examinations
  • Vitals
  • History in two copies
  • Refraction and Reading Tests
  • Slit Lamp Examinations
  • Tonometry and FB Removal
  • Referral of complicated cases to specialists at Mbingo Baptist Hospital. Back to top^
  1. General Consultation (and referrals)
Nkwen Baptist Health Centre operates strictly on an outpatient basis; that is, cases that require being admitted are often referred to other health facilities with in-patient or admission facilities. The four screeners here consult patients and prescribe them drugs directly or refer them to the doctors here, who may still refer them to other health facilities for specialist attention if need be. Back to top^
  1. The Antenatal Department (ANC)

This department offers Maternal and Child Health, as well as Family Planning methods. No maternity exists yet at the Nkwen Baptist Health Centre, but expectant and would-be mothers are provided adequate antenatal care here that prepares them for safe delivery in any other hospital of their choice.

The Antenatal Department of the Nkwen Baptist Health Centre offers the following services:

  • Antenatal Clinic (ANC): Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    • Tuesdays: First visit for registration
    • Thursdays: Revisit and follow-up.
  • Infant Welfare Clinics:
    • Weighing of infants
    • Child Vaccinations (daily)
    • Health Education
  • Family Planning and Women’s Health Services
    • Provision of all family planning methods including IUCDs and Norplants
    • Cervical Cancer Screening Back to top^
  1. HIV & AIDS Care (PMTCT / MTCT-plus)

Nkwen Baptist Health Centre began offering HIV & AIDS related services since November 2000. It however became a government approved centre for HIV & AIDS in 2007. People living with the disease are cared for through the Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and Mother To Child Transmission Plus (MTCT-plus) programmes, which render the following services to patients:

  • Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV
  • Voluntary counselling and testing for HIV
  • Care and treatment to HIV positive pregnant women and their families
  • Care and follow-up for HIV exposed infants
  • Family participation in HIV & AIDS care. In this case, when a family member is tested positive, the rest of the family is encouraged to equally take the test. And those found positive are thus cared for.

The Nkwen Baptist Health Centre Treatment Centre, like all others in the country has a government attached statistician whose duty is to monitor HIV and AIDS statistics and update HIV clients’ register. At the end of each month, the statistician presents the statistics to the government for evaluation and reporting to partners.

The treatment centre has its own laboratory equipped with modern machines to carry out reliable tests on HIV & AIDS and other diseases. These machines include:

  • Guava PCA Machine
  • EKTACHEM Analyser
  • QBC Analyser

The tests carried out in the treatment centre laboratory include:

  • Flow cytometry (CD4, CD4%, CD3)
  • Full blood count (H6,Hct, Platelet, Differential count, MCHC, WBC)
  • Liver function test
  • Renal function test
  • Blood sugar (Fasting blood sugar (FBS) and Random blood sugar (RBS))
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  1. Pharmacy

The services of the Pharmacy Department include:

  • Drug compounding
  • Drug dispensing
  • Counselling and education on drugs and their side effects on patients Back to top^
  1. Chaplaincy/Spiritual/Psycho-social Care (Counselling)
The Chaplaincy/Spiritual/Psycho-social Care Department of Nkwen Baptist Health Centre was created in 1988 to take care of the spiritual and psycho-social needs of patients in those conditions. Today, with the emergence of so many diseases and other life situations requiring psychotherapy, this department offers:  
  • Counselling for HIV testing
  • Psycho-social psycho-spiritual counselling
  • Conflict Management
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety, Depression and Stress Management
  • Premarital and Marital Counselling
  • General Spiritual Welfare Counselling to both clients and staff Back to top^
  1. Security
The security guards at Nkwen Baptist Health Centre are responsible for the reception of clients. They are equally responsible for the security of these clients and their property while they are within the premises of the health centre. During working hours, the security department is also responsible for the security of the staff of the health centre and their property. Also, they are in charge of the security of the Health Centre and its property both during the day and at night. Back to top^
  1. Catering
Nkwen Baptist Health Centre runs a canteen during working hours which provides a limited variety of foods and soft drinks to both clients and staff. Back to top^
  1. Projects
The Health Centre has the following long and short term projects geared at improving upon its present services and creating new ones:
  • Culture and Sensitivity Test expected to begin by July 2009.
  • Construction of the Antenatal Clinic (ANC) and maternity (expected to be completed by July 2009).
  • Expansion of the Dental Department to include the sterilisation area.
  • Expansion of the Laboratory to include space for Culture and Sensitivity Test.
  • Expansion of the Canteen for better services to clients. Back to top^

Contact

Nkwen Baptist Health Centre
PO Box 1, Bamenda
NW Region
Tel: +237 7520 5729
Email: nkwenhc@cbchealthservices.org

Front view of Nkwen Baptist Health Center
Clients waiting to be consulted
Medical Consultation at Nkwen Baptist Health Center
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