A brand new Toyota Hilux car obtained for the Comprehensive Child Response (CCR) Project of the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Health Services has been officially dedicated and offered to the project team. The Director of Health Services (DHS), Prof. Tih Pius Muffih handed the vehicle keys to the CCR team during a brief ceremony on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at the esplanade of the DHS Office in Bamenda.
The Director congratulated the Project Manager, Mrs. Ful Morine and her team for their commendable work in communities which has necessitated the purchase of the car. According to the DHS, the project is poised to offer Comprehensive Child Response (CCR) activities in the hard-to-reach areas of the NW and SW regions on Cameroon. He explained that the CCR offers free healthcare for children especially those suffering from the 3-killer diseases in children -Diarrhea, Malaria, and Acute Respiratory Infections (ARIs). The project also offers services in Child Protection and Nutrition and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in these communities.
In response, Mrs. Ful Morine thanked the Administration and her team for collaborating in the realization of the project’s objectives. She however, raised concerns regarding malnourished children in the hinterlands. “It is regrettable that there are still many malnourished children in the interior parts of our communities. There is still dire need for us to scale up and take palliative care to all communities,” she entreated.
“Malnourished children deserve the right to access quality health care even at the basic level,” intimated the Director while appreciating the team’s work.
The new vehicle, Mr. Konyuy Emmanuel, Assistant Project Manager explained, is intended to ease the movement of project team in hard-to-reach communities like Misaje and Nguti in the Northwest and Southwest Regions respectively. “It will be used solely to transport staff, towards achieving their objectives. This will contribute to meeting community needs not limited to WASH, but others such as basic health care services especially those running from gun battles, nutrition needs, and protection needs in ‘Safe Spaces’ created for victimized and traumatized children,” explained the Assistant Project Manager who doubles as the Coordinator of WASH program in the CBC Health Services.
In spite of the gun shots, what motivates the Comprehensive Child Response team to work harder are the benefits of their intervention to the needy, visible transformation of malnourished children to healthy children, empathy, the joy that parents and children express when they see their children receive treatment such as vaccines.
The car was dedicated by Rev. Bambo Denis and other pastors who solicited God’s protection of the car and its users.