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Two patients suffering from kidney malfunction are reported dead at the Bamenda Regional Hospital following a shortage of Hemodialysis kits. The director of the dialysis Centre affirmed that the deaths occured as a result of the shortage of dialysis machines used by patients suffering from kidney malfunctions. The hospital is presently left with two kits to be shared by 72 patients. Six out of eight kits that have been serving the needs of these patients are all damaged.

As a result of this, patients suffering from kidney failure are presently worried as their conditions might become worsen given that just two kits are left for 72 of them. This according to health experts implies that the time interval will have to increase – risky for some whose names are far behind the list. 

Hemodialysis according to health experts, is a method used in removing waste products such as faeses, urine and extra fluid, from patients which build up in the blood when the kidneys are no longer functioning. As such, people with kidney failure need dialysis (since they cannot naturally send out waste), or a kidney transplant to stay alive.

A large quantity of fake drugs have been seized by gendarmerie officers in Tiko in the South-West region of the country. The fake, adulterated and expired drugs are the handiwork of a joint Cameroonian and Nigerian traffickers. The drugs estimated at 25 million FCFA were discovered inside a truck officially carrying foodstuffs, including rice and corn flour.

Local markets in the South West region are flooded with fake medications that are sold on the streets of Buea, Muea, Kumba, Mamfe, Limbe Mutenegene, Mundemba including Tiko which is the port of entry for the drugs. Police sources hinted Cameroon Concord that the drugs seized were from Nigeria destined for our local markets and countries in the Sub Saharan region. 

André Mama Fouda, Minister of Public Health, recently lamented during a press conference, the high consumption of adulterated and expired drugs in the country.

Sierra Leone released its last confirmed Ebola patient from hospital on Monday and began a 42-day countdown to being declared free of the virus, medical sources said. The world's worst known Ebola epidemic has raged in West Africa for more than 18 months, infecting more than 28,000 people and killing more than a third of them.

Sierra Leone confirmed its first case in May 2014 and has since recorded the highest number of cases in the region, although neighboring Liberia has suffered more fatalities. Adama Sankoh, 35, responded well to treatment and received her second negative test result on Sunday before her release the following day, which was marked by a ceremony attended by President Ernest Bai Koroma. Medical staff celebrated and Ebola survivors held up signs of praise to Koroma at the International Medical Corps treatment center in the city of Makeni 140 km (87 miles) east of Freetown. "...Today is without doubt a day for celebration and reflection on the thousands of lives lost during this devastating crisis," said Sean Casey, regional director for the International Medical Corps West Africa Ebola response. Sankoh is thought to have caught the virus from her son who was a victim of the last known transmission chain in the country in the northern village of Massessebeh.

The entire community of more than 500 people was quarantined for three weeks as a result to contain the infection. During the course of the epidemic, the outbreak has ebbed only to flare back again. Liberia was declared Ebola-free in May but a fresh cluster of cases appeared nearly two months later. Scientists say sexual transmission is the most likely explanation for the resurgence in Liberia since the virus can live on in semen beyond the usual 21-day incubation period.

Source:Reuters

A young woman in the North West Region has given birth to a set of conjoint twins at the Bambalang District Hospital in Ndop in the Ngoketunjia Division. The children were born on 13th August 2015.

he woman called Safuratou Arrieptoyap, who can only express herself in her native language, is presently in the hospital praying for assistance from any persons or organisations of goodwill. The children and their parents are praying and hoping that the First Lady Mrs Chantal Biya and any other benevolent people will to come to their rescue.

The Siamese twins, both female are linked at the abdomen and medical authorities say the situation could have been adverted if the mother had attended regular prenatal consultations.

Medical experts indicate that specialised medical operations must be carried out in order to separate the little girls.

 The children and their parents are still at the Bambalang Hospital, distressed as they do not have the necessary finances for the prescribed operation. This is the second case of conjoint twins in less than a year in the North West Region after Davis and Daryl born on 27th August 2014 in the Banso Baptist Hospital.

 

The ultra-modern second generation health facility worth FCFA 3.3 billion is one of its kind in the Central African Sub-region. The blue skies and bright sun-shine that characterised the capital city yesterday morning ushered in the magnificent structure hosting the Yaounde Emergency Center, in the heart of the metropolis. The two-storey architectural jewel whose charm and splendour was unveiled by the Prime Minister, Head of government, Philemon Yang, during the inaugural ceremony, has been constructed to the tune of FCFA 3.3 billion by the Republic of Korea (60 per cent) and the government of Cameroon (40 per cent).

The Yaounde Emergency Center with a capacity of 50 beds covers a surface area of 2,200m2 with ultra-modern equipment. The Center that caters for emergency cases consists of reception hall, cash desk, two laboratories, imagery room, sterilisation hall, two intensive treatment halls, two surgical rooms, reanimation room, a pharmacy, waiting room, conference hall, administrative offices, two ambulances, parking lot amongst others. The building, whose foundation stone was laid on February 18, 2012 by the Prime Minister, went operational on June 23, 2015 pending official inauguration yesterday August 18, 2015. 

The Center according to Minister André Mama Fouda of Public Health, is dedicated to saving lives thus, treatment of emergency case patients takes precedence before hospital bills are settled by the family. The architectural jewel as described by the Public Health boss, with the last-generation technological equipment must be jealously handled. The medical facility, the first of its kind in Central Africa, is fruits of the dynamic cooperation between Cameroon and the Republic of Korea through the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). Ambassador Lim Jae-Hoon said the structure comes within the framework of development cooperation with the objective of improving healthcare.

Sixty-seven medical doctors from the Higher Institute of Medical Technology in Nkolondom, Yaounde have received their end of course certificates this Thursday 13th August 2015.

The batch including six students with master degrees in Clinical Biology, 11 in Public Health and the other 50 in General Medicine were sent forth in a ceremony at the Yaounde Conference Centre. On the occasion, the Minister of Higher Education Jacques Fame Ndongo called on the laureates to be competent and competitive professionals ready to serve the nation anywhere and at any time.

The graduates on their part say the training has equipped them with the necessary skills to adequately handle the challenges that come with exercising their profession. One of the laureates, Divine is amongst the confident ones. He explained that though the future is yet to be determined, he is certain to specialise in the years ahead. After a seven-year period of academic and practical work, the medical doctors are set to contribute towards better health care in the country.

The Minister of Public Health, Andre Mama Fouda was also present at the graduation ceremony. He lauded the efforts of the staff and students and announced the imminent project to renew the Yaounde and Douala General Hospitals.

Source:CRTV

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