By Tah Peter Fomonyuy
In keeping with her vision of “Quality care to all”, the CBC Health Services is upgrading her health facilities to meet the ever increasing demand for her services.
One of the major infrastructural development initiatives called Strategy Nine Projects Package (S9PP) was started in 2015. The initiative involved the improvement of infrastructures and acquisition of equipment in some urban health facilities of the CBC Health Services to enable them offer quality services to several thousands more Cameroonians. This strategy has been made possible, thanks to a loan from the French Development Agency (AFD).
Already, most of the projects have been realized and some have been put into effective use. On May 3-4, 2018 the CBC Health Services’ Chief of Administration and Finance (CAF), Mr. Warri Denis, representing the Director of Health Services (DHS) led a team to Bafoussam and Yaounde for the provisional receptions of the completed projects in the two cities.
The Medical Block and OPD/Inpatient Block to host Bafoussam Baptist Health Centre and the Ekounou Baptist Health Centre, respectively, were conditionally received from the sub-contractors; Kendely Construction Company Ltd and Essoka Construction Company Ltdrespectively.
CBC Health Services‘ Chief of Administration and Finance (CAF), Mr. Warri Denis, while receiving the projects explained that “Our vision means that the health services that we offer to the population must supersede local standards.”
He praised the contractors for effectively realizing what today stands as imposing edifices in the two cities. “They the contractors were able to construct the facilities following the specifications and the quality that we required of them. I’m filled with joy because the completion of these projects is an indication of the fact that we are going to continue to improve on the quality of care that we are offering to the population in the West and Centre regions,” said Mr. Warri. He equally recognized the second level control work by Better Living Company Ltd, which he said, was meticulously carried out, ensuring that both projects were satisfactorily realized.
The CAF described Strategy 9 as a well thought out plan to provide care to more Cameroonians. While quality of care will improve, the CBC Health Services will effectively minister to the people, thanks to the increase in the scope of her services in Bafoussam and Yaounde.
Quizzed on the challenges that this will bring, Mr. Warri said, “We had planned for this in terms of preparing the human resources at all levels be it medical doctors, technicians, and paramedical service personnel, equipment and all what it takes to provide care to people”. He revealed that plans are to transform Ekounou Baptist Health Centre into a hospital and later into a reference hospital of the CBC that is capable of providing specialized services of all categories in Cameroon’s capital city. To implement this vision, many other structures will be put up in the strategic location hosting the health centre in Ekoumdoum.
Mr. Warri urged staff to leverage their skills and believe in the CBC Health Services’ mission statement to provide unrivalled quality health care that would reflect the quality of the new infrastructures.
The great joy staff members have been expressing following the realization of the projects in Bafoussam and Yaounde is understandable as they have moved away from extremely small facilities with limited space for equipment, clients, and even for themselves to magnificent structures that now host even additional services.
From 1999 up until early 2018, Bafoussam Baptist Health Centre has worked in a rented temporary structure. Christopher Kidze, Pharmacy Technician and health centre staff representative, is one staff who has worked in the health centre from creation and recently witnessed the transition. “The former building had become so small that even the staff felt uncomfortable. The new building has created ample space for us to feel very free. …even when most of the staff work over-time they don’t feel it because they are comfortable in the new environment.
The Chief of Centre for Bafoussam Baptist Health, Mr. Kibang Eric, and the Supervisor of Nursing Services for Ekounou Baptist Health Centre, Mrs. Nkeh Jenny, equally expressed gratitude to the CBC Health Services’ S9PP for realizing the projects. From their remarks, it was clear that not only the staff but also the community members are excited about the new structures. They are optimistic that they will be able to meet up with the expectations of the people who since the buildings were put into use have been thronging into the health centres.
Perhaps the biggest beneficiaries of the newest developments are the clients. Issa Salle, an inhabitant of Bafoussam whose first contact with CBC Health Services was at Banso Baptist Hospital says the new health centre building which is spacious, clean and attractive means that the quality of care will also improve.
On the day of provisional reception of the Ekounou Baptist Health Centre building, Gabriel Tchuianga a long time client had come to consult. He tells us that patients used to overflow the old building with no sufficient waiting areas. “Our health centre has grown and I’m very glad to see how beautiful it is now. Today, we have more than five consultation rooms which is a good thing,” remarked Gabriel. He appeals to the CBC Health Services to put in place enough doctors and screeners to make consultation easier.
The Strategy 9 Project Package Administrator, Mr. Kadzem Claude, while appraising the quality of the work that has been realized said, “Comparing the old buildings with the new ones would be like comparing a Catechist with a Pope.” The difference, he said, is very clear. He added that staff who had worked in the old buildings will have a natural motivation to work harder in the new structures. Mr. Kadzem remarked that while the contactors are expected to sort out other outstanding work, he was already very elated to see happy patients queuing to receive care in the new buildings.
Both sub-contractors expressed their gratitude at the confidence and trust from the CBC Health Services to execute the respective projects in spite of the numerous tenders that came in from the onset.
Other Strategy 9 Projects that have been completed are the Theatre Block in Baptist Hospital Mutengene, the Outpatient Block in Mbingo Mbingo Baptist Hospital, the Medical Block of Kumba Baptist Health Centre, and the Maternity Block in Nkwen Baptist Health Centre, which is well in progress. Also, almost all the medical equipment that were to be bought under this project have been acquired. On the administrative and financial strengthening aspect of the project, the CBC Health Services has succeeded to achieve most of the goals that were set, including the major goal of transitioning to OHADA system of accounting.