Dream Come True: Strategy Nine Projects Package (S9PP) Launched At Last in Mbingo
The CBC Health Services has raised the curtain for real business to begin for technicians of the Health Projects Construction Company Limited (HEPCCO) as the Strategy Nine Projects Package (S9PP) is launched. The grand launching took place on March 17, 2015 in Mbingo Baptist Hospital (one of the project sites) in what the chief launcher, CBC General Secretary, Rev. Ncham Godwill described as ‘history making’ event.
Mr. Herve Conan, Country Director of the Agence Francaise de Developpement translated in English as the French Development Agency (AFD) joined the Director of Health Services (DHS), Prof. Tih Pius Muffih in pronouncing that the innovative partnership will finance nine projects within the CBC Health Services in three components namely: the completion and building of new infrastructure for CBC Health Services hospitals and health centres, the procurement of biomedical equipment for the CBC Central Pharmacy and the strengthening of the CBC financial management system.
Major projects in the first component include: the construction of the new Outpatient Department (OPD) at Mbingo Baptist Hospital, Baptist Hospital Mutengene theatre and maternity, Kumba Baptist Health Centre OPD, Bafoussam Baptist Health Centre, Ekounou Baptist Health Centre and Nkwen Baptist Health Centre maternity
Prof. Tih Pius Muffih said this will extend treatment to over 100,000 more Cameroonians and improve treatment for the over 1 million clients the CBC Health Services currently sees. Other benefits will be increased bed capacity and improved staff motivation as this will inherently raise standards and improve productivity. The DHS called for proper management, accountability and collaboration, insisting that shared responsibility and team spirit will ensure success. To this effect, he solicited for collaboration from government and leaders of the Cameroon Baptist Convention, stating that the biggest winners will be the citizens of Cameroon. Prof. Tih lauded the partnership between AFD and the CBC Health Services, and praised the team that was involved in the negotiations for their hard work and persistence.
The AFD Country Director, Mr. Herve Conan was visibly impressed with the partnership and said it aligned with his organization’s commitment to helping communities in Africa in the areas of health and education. He said his organization would be keen on the results from this project as it will better inform the realization of such projects going forward. If successful, it will be a blueprint in extending similar projects in other countries. This collaboration had come to fruition, he insisted, by the CBC Health Services’ basic specialized care and quality staff working in six out of Cameroon’s ten regions. Herve Conan revealed that since 2006, AFD has spent circa 16 billion FCFA via the C2D initiative for debt reduction and development in Cameroon. Describing the CBC Health Services as “The place to be,” the AFD Country Director said, it was necessary to promote private healthcare that forms 40 percent of care in most developing countries. He added that the AFD had worked to make HIV antiretroviral drugs available, improve financial management and reduce infant mortality.
The AFD Country Director stressed that the S9PP funding is a loan and not a grant from AFD to the CBC Health Services. To this effect, he called for diligent management of the funds and a refund of the loan within the stipulated period.
Given the significance of the event in the life of the Cameroon Baptist Convention, the Executive President, Rev. Ncham Godwill was on hand to thank the AFD for responding to God’s call in the CBC’s socio-economic ministry. He congratulated the Director of Health Services and alluded to the CBC Health Services as the pride of the Convention. The Mayor of Belo, Tosam Bernard followed up to state that Mbingo Baptist Hospital is the pride of his community.
Representing the state, the Acting Divisional Officer for Belo Subdivision, Nkongho Nicolas thanked the CBC for her prowess in the health and education domains not only in Belo Subdivision, but also, in Cameroon as a whole. The civil administrator pledged the Government’s support in providing a good and secure environment for work. He praised the great relationship between Cameroon and France and encouraged transparency in the execution of the project, for which, he promised hard times to anyone who dares to embezzle the funds. The D.O made it clear that the Anti-Corruption Commission (CONAC) does not limit its surveillance to Government agencies, but also to the private sector. He used the platform to call everybody to rally behind the State in the ongoing war against the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
A PowerPoint presentation of the project prototypes by Mr. Chiambah Abraham, General Manager of the Health Projects Construction Company (HEPCCO) gave a view of the infrastructure when completed by 2017 at the latest. Before Rev. Dr. Ndongnde Godlove prayed to dedicate the equipment and construction team, the leading technicians who are senior staff of the Technical Services Department made a pledge of sacrifice and exemplary behavior throughout the execution of the S9PP.
The chapel took to the project site where the CBC Executive President, Rev. Ncham Godwill, surrounded by the ADF representatives, CBC leaders, staff, patients and a mammoth crowd of well-wishers, laid the foundation stone of the Mbingo OPD.