The Senior Ophthalmologist from CBM Regional Office in Togo has commended the CBC Health Services for introduction of sub specialties in eye care which makes the organization a leading and referral point for eye care in Cameroon. Dr. Irmela was speaking at the end of a one week technical assessment visit to Mbingo, Banso, and Mutengene, Baptist Hospital Eye departments and the CBCHS Central Pharmacy in Mutengene. The visit which took place from February 9 to 17, 2017 had as objective to assess the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of eye care services within the CBC Health Services
During the visit, Dr Irmela had discussions with Tambe Emmanuel; Retinal Eye Surgeon at Mutengene Baptist Hospital, Dr Beri Ngong and Dr Marvice Owen; both Ophthalmologists at Banso and Mbingo Baptist Hospitals respective. They all expressed gratitude to CBM for funding eye care departments in a bid to preventing and treating eye related disabilities. Dr Irmela on her own assisted at consultations and surgeries and discussions with the resident ophthalmologists were centred on assessing the quality and cadre of staff, the systems of functioning and the quality of care provided to patients in these departments. She equally quizzed the staff on the use of equipments, staffing conditions and strategies for sustainability.
The Ophthalmologists and staff described processes of outreaches aimed at taking eye care closer to the poorest of the poor in remote communities thereby making eye care accessible to all. Dr Irmela, pleased with the successes recorded, applauded the CBC Health Services for their quality of eye care rendered.
It should be noted that in a bid to prevent, treat and rehabilitate eye-related disabilities, CBM Australia began funding eye care services within the CBCHS in 1981 at the Banso Baptist Hospital which eventually extended to Mbingo Baptist Hospital in 1999. Following the great need to introduce sub specialties in eye care, Retinal Eye care was introduced at the Mutengene Baptist Hospital (BHM) in 2012, Pediatric Eye Care in Mbingo Baptist Hospital (MBH) in 2016 and discussions are currently being formalized to introduce Uveitis Eye care at Banso Baptist Hospital (BBH).
At the end of her visit, Dr Irmela was visibly impressed with the introduction of sub specialties, and the quality of care provided within the CBCHS eye care departments. She commended the SEEPD Program Management for the wonderful coordination of the eye care services given that these departments are coordinated by the medical component of the Program. She equally recommended that more staff be recruited, or in house training be provided to existing staff so as to meet up with challenges of the ever growing number of patients.
The SEEPD team during the visit comprised of the Program Manager; Awa Jacques Chirac, The Program Officer; Emmanuel Chia, Finance Officer; Ndong Irene and the Medical Project Officer; Forsi Beoyoe. This team together with the CBM Country Coordination Office M&E Officer; Tem Demian accompanied Dr Irmela to the different stations and made valuable inputs during discussions. Before her departure, Dr Irmela held a meeting with the Director of CBC Health Services; Prof Tih Puis Muffih during which the CBM Supervisor commended the CBC HS for the Retinal eye care services in Mutengene . She gave the feedback on her visit to the Director who expressed gratitude to CBM for always collaborating with the CBC HS to ameliorate the wellbeing of persons with disabilities. Prof. Tih promised that measures will be put in place to ensure that the recommendations made during the visit are implemented.