By Handerson BONKUNG
The Christmas period brought to Banso Baptist Hospital (BBH) good tidings in a three-phase event that took place on December 10, 2016. The three in one event included the kick-off of Christmas Fellowship among hospital staff and clients, the retirement of six deserving staff and the dedication of two imposing structures: the eye department block and the new building for the Baptist Training School for Health Personnel (BTSHP).
The caliber of the dignitaries was indicative of the magnitude of the event. They included: the Senior Divisional Officer (SDO) for Bui, Theophile Nzeke, Divisional Officer (DO) for Kumbo Central, Divisional Delegate of Social Security, CBC Executive President (EP), Rev. Ncham Godwill, CBC Chairman, Mr. Yosibom John Mkong, Director of Health Services (DHS), Prof. Tih Pius Muffih, Hospital Administrators and Chiefs of Centre, former Missionaries such as Dr. Helen Marie Schmidt and Sr Betty Mantay, family members of the retirees, BBH family and the Media.
Speaker after the other congratulated the retirees for joining the ranks of senior citizens after a successful and fruitful career, threw flowers on the CBCHS for continuously making great strides in healthcare provision in Cameroon and wished everyone a Merry Christmas.
The six retirees included: Mrs. Yandoua Adjamatou from Ngounso Baptist Health Centre who served for 17 years, Mrs. Theresia Zuponyui from Bangolan Baptist Health Centre who served for 40 years, Mr. Wirba Augustine from BBH who served for 37 years, Mrs. Teh Martha Ndifon from Jikijem Baptist Health Centre who served for 29 years, Rev. Laban John Ndi from BBH with 20 years to his credit and Mrs. Julia Sikem Fai, BBH Supervisor of Nursing Services with a track record of 41 years of service.
On behalf of the DHS, the CBCHS Personnel Manager, Mr. Ndosak presented the work history of each of the retirees and promised them that his office, on the firm instruction of the DHS, is working very hard so that their pension benefits are ready by January 2017. The retirees received retirement certificates and the retiree I.D cards to enable them gain access into any CBCHS institution, especially in the month of February each year for their physical examination and treatment free of charge.
The SDO for Bui, Theophile Nzeke acknowledged government’s thankfulness to the CBC for her milestones in education, health and social responsibility to the population through her targeted services. The SDO described the tradition of retirement programmes in the CBCHS as a mark of good governance and an example for other well standing institutions to emulate. While quoting several Scriptures off-hand, the SDO joined other speakers to congratulate the retirees for working diligently to the end of their careers. The SDO also admonished those still in service to plan for retirement the first day they start working.
The CBC Chairman spoke from his own experience to state that retirement is well received and managed when we approach it both psychologically and spiritually. The retired seasoned Administrator challenged the newly recruited senior citizens to depend on God for their healthy living henceforth. The same admonition came from the CBC EP, Rev. Ncham Godwill who remarked that the system owe the retirees a lot of respect for their enormous contribution to build up the system to where it is today.
The Bui Divisional Delegate of Labour and Social Security described retirement as the logical conclusion of one’s professional career and not a punishment as some people think. He thanked the CBCHS for taking good care of her retirees and noted that his office is committed to ensure that retirees receive their benefits on time to cope with the transition. The Delegate used the forum to remind workers that the retirement age in the private sector is 60 years.
On behalf of the retirees, their spokesperson and Supervisor of Nursing Services, Mrs. Julia Sikem Fai (Ma Ngoran) thanked all and sundry for coming to honour them. She gave special thanks to the CBCHS’ leadership led by the DHS, Prof. Tih for providing them an enabling environment to work until their retirement. The retirees encouraged those behind them to remain committed by upholding the tenets of the system for posterity.