By Peter Tah & Mufuh Ramiro
CBC Health Services has dedicated a new edifice to host the services of Bafoussam Baptist Health Center. The 44-meter tall ultra-modern structure that was dedicated on August 10, 2018 has been likened to a ‘refuge tower’ for the population of Bafoussam.
Rev. Ngalla Godlove, Administrative Assistant to CBC Executive President in a sermon drawn from Proverbs 18:20-21, likened the new health centre building to a ‘strong tower’ where people can run into for refuge.
He said God’s word, like the magnificent health center building, provides refuge for the patients who will receive services only in the name of the Lord.
The Inspector General at the West Governor’s Office, Adrey Epente Tazeu, represented the West Governor during the dedication event and applauded the dynamism and efficiency of the CBC Health Services in healthcare delivery.
“The government is proud of you and your work in the domain of healthcare provision, and count on you for the success of Dixiades 2018 and the 2019 TOTAL Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations.
Your quest for improvement of the working condition of the staff of the health services both technically and qualitatively will be looked upon,” said Adrey Epente Tazeu.
The inspector general also remarked that the CBC Health Services and the healthcare she provides are a perfect example of unity and Christ-like love needed in Cameroon.
“Keep working harder to merit more visible results with this vision and patriotic spirit to help our country whose people badly need quality healthcare. Also, remember to extend a helping hand to other communities that need this same kind of gesture you have shown to Bafoussam.
Pray more even for the patients who come knocking at your doors for treatment and pray for our nation Cameroon,” added the Governor’s representative.
The Mayor of the Bafoussam I Council, Jukes Hilaire Focka Focka, said the building brings tremendous joy to the inhabitants of his municipality.
As a medical doctor by training, the Mayor revealed that it had been satisfactorily concluded by health and administrative officials of the West Region that the new building fulfilled the laid down technical specifications. He assured the CBC Health Services that his people and even those beyond will effectively use the building.
The CBC Director of Health Services (DHS), Prof. Tih Pius Muffih, said the new building comes to solve the space problem with the ever-increasing number of patients seeking quality and affordable healthcare.
“Bafoussam Baptist Health Center started in September 13, 1999 in a small rented building with just 8 staff… Today the health center has 155 staff including 3 medical doctors receiving over 44,000 patients yearly. This steady increase is a sign of quality health care provided by the health center to patients who come for treatment. Because of this high increase, the health center is bound to be transformed to a hospital in the nearest future,” revealed Prof. Tih Pius.
The construction of the five-floor, 100-room and inclusive (a ramp for patients on wheelchairs) giant structure started in 2015. The design and construction was done by HEPCCO and Kendely Construction Companies.
The Technical Supervisor of the CBC Health Services’ Technical Service Department, Mr. Chiambah Abraham explained that the building has 80 beds distributed in the different wards.
Some of the services offered in the building include General Consultation, X-ray and Ultrasound, Family Planning, HIV Care and Treatment, Mother and Child Health services, Physiotherapy services, Community Based Rehabilitation, Surgical services, etc.
The dedication ceremony equally marked the installation of Mr. Fambombi Dickson as the Administrator for Bafoussam Baptist Health Centre and Mr. Kibang Eric Nkwain as Supervisor of Nursing Services.
The Director of Health Services called on leaders and the staff to strongly uphold the CBC Health Services’ mission of providing exemplary healthcare as an expression of Christ’s love.
Also present at the event were the CBC Chairman, Mr. Ngong John, the SDO for the Mifi and the Government Delegate to the Bafoussam City Council CBC/CBC Health Services leaders.
The building has been realized under the Strategy Nine Projects Package (S9PP) of the CBC Health Services funded by the French Development Agency (AFD) to provide better healthcare to more Cameroonians.