A total of 31 workers of various grades and categories retired from the CBC Health Services institutions across the Board in 2022. In keeping with tradition, all the retirees were honoured in public ceremonies in their various stations: Bangolan – 1, BBH – 8, Banyo – 1, Etoug-Ebe – 1, HSC Mutengene – 1, ISFB Kumbo – 1, Kribi – 1, Kumba – 1, MBH – 8, Mboppi – 1, Meskine – 1 and Nkwen – 4.
Mr. Ndosak George Tanah, Personnel Manager of the CBC Health Services made the announcement on December 23, 2022 during the retirement ceremony for Mr. Mbinkar Genesis Duiyebeh, surgical technician and Madam Rebecca Rinyuy, cook (in absentia due to her recent travel abroad). Presiding in lieu of the Director of Health Services, the Personnel Manager hailed the retirees for their tenacity to serve humanity until retirement. “Not everyone is lucky to go through,” he quipped, thus, the need for celebration.
In the words of the DHS through his emissary, “Retirees of the CBC Health Services are a resource pool who act as consultants and VIPs of the system”. The DHS’ representative charged all Hospital Administrators across the system to find every CBCHS retiree living within their sphere of influence and invite and recognize them every December during the retirement ceremony in their institutions. The Administrators are also to ensure that retirees respect the annual appointment in every February to do a complete physical exam on them for free. “Retirees deserve VIP consultation and treatment every time they visit any CBC Health Services hospital and health center,” the Personnel Manager sounded loud and clear.
Similar congratulatory messages to the retirees came from the representatives of the NW Regional Delegate of Labour and Social Security who applauded the healthy social working climate in the CBCHS and the Lord Mayor of Bamenda III who admired the practice of recognizing retirees in the CBCHS. She promised to transmit the good example to the Mayor so that Bamenda III Council can also emulate the practice.
The lead staff representative for Nkwen Baptist Hospital, Lucha Johnson thanked the CBC Health Services for the opportunity given them as workers to make their careers and livelihood. He doffed his hat to the senior colleagues who could work and retire happily despite the hurdles they went through. He encouraged them to sought for peace in their neighbourhoods and families and avoid engaging in activities that can stress them up during this period of rest. To those still in service, the staff representative challenged them to work in the footsteps of the senior colleagues who are senior citizens today.
Responding to all what were said and done in his honour, the man of the day, Mr. Mbinkar Genesis Duiyebeh thanked the CBCHS for providing him a job to raise a family (wife and five children). He paid tributes to all the surgeons that trained him in his line of duty notably: Helen Marie-Schmidt, Krubwa Jean-Pierre, Thomas Coleman, and Nana Christopher among many others. The retiree debunked the allegation that nursing standards are falling. According to Mr. Mbinkar, administration should reconsider listening to the plight of nurses and give them fair treatment, an opinion that received much applause from the nurses in audience.
The retiring surgical technician joined the CBC Health Services in 1981 in BBH as a ward worker. One year later, he was assigned to the operating room (theater) where he dabbled in the skill and grew through the rank and file via training. He was awarded, Nurse of the Year, by the General Session, in Ndu in 1999. Mr. Mbinkar served for 40 years in the theaters of BBH, Mbingo, Banyo and Nkwen.
The retirement ceremony in Nkwen was punctuated by the award of 2022 Nurse of the Year to Ngek Mercy Kebul and Staff of the Year to Kuni Valentine Bawe. They emerged winners from hotly contested elections among over 500 staff.