Inhabitants of Sabga and neighbouring villages, whose health conditions need surgery, will no longer have to travel long distances for that purpose. They can now have this service right at Sabga Baptist Health Centre, which now has an operational ultramodern theatre. The theatre and an exquisite surgical ward were dedicated and put to full use on May 23, 2020.
Mr. Vegah Pius, representative of the Fon of Kedjom Ketinguh whose subjects are the immediate beneficiaries of the services offered by the new surgical block, saluted the staff of the health center for their hard work in the past which led to the setup of the unit. “My people rely on this health centre for their health needs, which in turn depends on your sustained hard work. Thank you for the quality care you have been and is rendering,” the Fon’s representative recounted.
Presiding at the dedication, Rev. Kicha Emmanuel reiterated that the mission of the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Health Services as an arm of the church is to provide holistic care to all. “The church has to teach and heal, hence setting up theatre and wards to house and care for the sick is in perfect harmony with the healing-mission of the church,” he said.
The prelate further admonished the staff who will work in the surgical block to depend on God to sharpen their skills to not only meet the health needs of the people, but that through their work many will be brought to God.
The new theatre is already meeting the need for which it was set up. According to Dr. Dimla Emmanuel, barely a week following the provisional opening of the theatre to the public before the dedication proper, 16 operations have been carried out. “The operations range from appendectomy, and myomectomy to open hysterectomy; and the patients are doing fine,” the medic said.
Speaking in place of the Director of CBC Health Services, Mr. Jator Alex called on the population of Sabga to utilize the services of the theatre and health centre as a whole. Going by the times, the senior nurse practitioner called on patients and caregivers to scrupulously respect all prevention measures against the Coronavirus while in the health facility. “Let’s keep wearing the mask until a standard vaccine or treatment is found. Prevention is better than cure,” Mr. Jator Alex stressed.
Mr. Ekfui Godlove, Chief of Centre (COC) of Sabga Baptist Health Center thanked the Director of CBC Health Services and the Quality Assurance Committee from his Office that worked relentlessly to source and acquire the equipment needed to set up the surgical block. The COC urged his staff to use the steady growth of services in the facility as a catalyst to render quality and standard care for clients. “We hope that in the days ahead we will dedicate yet another new unit,” the COC announced.
The newly dedicated theatre has a Resident Doctor, Anesthetist, and Scrub Nurse who will be on 24/7 to meet patients’ needs.