CBM International has through the Socio Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SEEPD) Program donated emergency kits to 7 health facilities of the CBC Health Services (CBCH) worth over 16 million fcfa. The objective of the gesture is to collaborate with the CBCHS in providing an inclusive response to COVID-19.
The distribution exercise in some of the benefiting facilities wrapped off on May 29, 2020 with the handing over of the kits to Mbingo and Banso Baptist Hospitals and Nkwen Baptist Health Center. The handing over ceremony took place at Baptist Center Nkwen Bamenda at the close of the CBCHS’ Goals and Budget meeting. Presiding over the event, the Director of CBCHS, Prof. Tih Pius Muffih commended CBM for assisting CBCHS in the fight against COVID-19. He called on the health facilities to use the kits judiciously in order to protect staff and patients.
The Administrator of MBH, Mr. Nji Richard Nkeh noted with thanks that the items will greatly help the hospital at a time like this when such items are either expensive or scares to get. Like him, Administrators of the other health facilities, in the course of the distribution exercise, expressed similar gratitude to CBM International for the laudable gesture. The items distributed consisted of infrared thermometer, hand sanitizer, liquid soap, buckets, and disposal brown gloves amongst others. On behalf of the Bamenda City Council (BCC) Mayor, the DHS also handed food items to MBH donated by the Council.
The distribution of the items came on the heels of a 3 day workshop organized by the SEEPD program with funds from CBM International for Trainers on Infection Prevention and Control and WASH to fight COVID-19. The participants made of doctors and health care providers were selected from the CBCHS facilities.
At the start of the workshop, the Chief of Administration and Finance applauded CBM International for supporting the CBCHS in her strive to promote inclusive response to COVID-19. Mr. Warri Denis emphasized that the CBCHS is intentional in ensuring that health care providers offer inclusive services that take into consideration the needs of persons with disabilities.
The participants trained are expected to train their colleagues back in their different health facilities to enable them provide safe and holistic health care to all clients. The participants were unanimous that they have acquired knowledge that will enable them improve on service delivery.
It should be noted that since the outbreak of COVID-19, CBM International has been intentional in supporting the CBCHS ensure safety of staff and patients.