Prime Minister, Philémon Yang, commissioned on 17 November 2015 in the economic capital, the Douala gynaecology-obstetrics and paediatrics hospital. This ultra-modern hospital complex cost FCfa 15 billion, financed through an loan agreement signed in 2007 between Cameroon and the Republic of China, during a visit by the Cameroonian Head of State in China.
The building works launched in October 2009 were undertaken by the company China Shanxi Construction Engineering Group Corp. “This is a jewel of the cooperation in the health sector between our two countries. The gynaecology-obstetrics and paediatrics hospital of Douala is another technology feat granted by the Chinese government to the Cameroonian people after the one in Yaoundé”, the Chinese ambassador in Cameroon, Wei Wenhua, commented.
As a reminder, China, who is currently financing and building most large scale infrastructure in Cameroon, has become the top lender to the Cameroonian State. By end 2014, this emerging country officially claimed having a portfolio of FCfa 1,850 billion in projects in Cameroon.
This amount is equivalent to 67% of the FCfa 2,750 billion in direct foreign investments (DFE) received by Cameroon over the period covering 2000-2014, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade And Development (UNCTAD).
Some medical practitioners from Italy and Cameroon have concluded a one day forum at the Shisong Cardiac Centre in Bui Division of the North West Region which was aimed at sharpening their skills on Heart Surgery. Sr. Jethro Nkenglefac, General Manager of the Center as reported by the Post Newspaper said the scientific conference was organized to inform the public and the international community on what was going on at the Cardiac Centre and a way to add value to what the cardiologists were doing.
She added that they were satisfied with the service rendered the public for six years to buttress a recent presidential decree granting the centre “the status of a public utility. Prof. Sylvia Cirri, one of the founding partners in a key note speech said the Centre has come a long way noting that the training of cardiologist with partners from Europe and the construction of the Centre now ensures the positive output recorded so far.
Despite the successes recorded, Sylvia Cirri observed that there are challenges paramount among them was the very deplorable nature of the road network and called on government to do something in this direction. During the conference that held on November 13, participants were drilled on, timing and surgical techniques of fallout repairs, lessons learnt from five years of Catheterization, chronic pulmonary regurgitation, challenges of blood bank and transfusion services, outreach screening of patients with Cardiovascular disease, Heart failure, challenges in the Banso Baptist Hospital [BBH], hypertension in HIV patients alongside a host of other health related issues.
The medical practitioners drawn from the BBH, Medical practitioners of the Shisong Cardiac Centre as well as students of the Shisong Catholic Nursing School and the District Medical officer from Kumbo East Health District met under the theme “where are we after six years” Speakers during the conference included Dr. Landry Leuteu, the District Medical officer and Sr. Mary Aldrine Kinyuy, Matron of St. Elisabeth Cardiac Centre who encouraged participants to ensure that the Cardiac Centre forges ahead.
The Douala Gyneaco-Obstetrics and Pediatric Hospital has been inaugurated with a call on the medical staff to provide quality health care to patients. The call was made by Prime Minister Philemon Yang, who officiated at the inauguration of the 13 billion ultra-modern hospital.
The hospital which is situated at Yassa in the outskirts of Douala, is a fruit of cooperation between Cameroon and China. The hospital is a modern infrastructure with the state of the art medical equipment. Patients particularly, women and children will thus find a suitable facility to satisfy their health needs.
The Douala gyneaco-Obstetrics and Paediatric Hospital is the 6th reference hospital to be constructed in Cameroon in recent times.
The drugs, suspected to be of doubtful quality, were seized in the New-Bell neighbourhood of Douala near Sacred Heart College. Suleman Abdoul-Karim, who was transporting the pharmaceutical products in a Toyota truck with registration number CE 366 CX, said they belonged to a certain Ballo Mohamadou. The drugs were taken to the Littoral Regional Delegation of Public Health for examination and subsequent destruction.
Sanitation is necessary for healthy living. However, public toilets, which are supposed to ease things for pressed-up people, are virtually absent in major towns and public offices in the South West Region. Public joints like markets, drinking spots and even public offices, are clear instances of the neglect of public hygiene. These spots lack good toilets where the people can relieve themselves. Even where toilets exist, they are left in very bad shape and instead serve as breeding grounds for diseases that are easily transmitted to users.
Most of the toilets, especially in public offices, are broken down, with no water to flush after use. Worst still, some people still make use of such toilets, knowing that there is no water to flush; thereby leaving behind foul smell which visitors or workers in nearby offices are obliged to continuously endure. With time, overused stagnant water in toilet dishes, combined with unflushed human waste, develops greenish colour, increasing the intensity of stench. Even where public toilets are still functional, little or no disinfection is done, thereby leaving users at the mercy of disease infection.
From the look of things, users of such toilets, especially women, can easily contract transmissible diseases like vaginal itches, Chlamydia, and Syphilis. Njie Kenneth, a civil servant observed that: “I have been to many public offices and to be sincere, I don’t think I liked what I saw. For example, the toilet in a very popular Buea office is so terrible that one cannot even enter it because of the stench it produces. Office toilets are supposed to be given proper care because they receive many people. Officials should consider employing mobile toilets like in other parts of the country. These toilets tend to be better maintained,” concluded Njie.
Davis and Daryl the conjoint twins that were successfully operated in a hospital in Tunisia have travelled back to Cameroon. They were recently received at the Chantal Biya Foundation in Yaounde where the kids stayed for several months prior to their evacuation in Tunisia.
The Wimbum community, and well-wishers present in the homecoming ceremony all expressed gratitude to the First Lady Chantal Biya whose personally generosity, contributed to the evacuation of the children. Davis and Daryl were born on 27th August 2015 in the Banso Baptist Hospital in the North West Region had one thorax.
Through the generosity of the First Lady Chantal Biya, they were evacuated to Tunisia on 8th September 2015. They are the second among the three cases of conjoint twins born in the North west Region. The first were Sheavvaboh and Sheamboh from Babanki who were separated in Saudi Arabia.
The third case of conjoint twins is presently undergoing some medical examination at the Chantal Biya Foundation pending operation. They were born at the Bambalang District Hospital in Ndop on 13th August, 2015.