Nkack Village: Health Center Dream come To Pass

The population of Nkack village, a locality in Kupe-Muanenguba Division of the South West Region has officially received a Health Center constructed for the community by the Abwe Diabe Family.

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The handover was done in Nkack village on Sunday December 27th 2015, after a thanks giving service held at PC Muebah Nninong, and officiated on behalf of the moderator of the PCC by Rev Mokoko Thomas, communication secretary of the PCC. During his sermon, the man of God called on the entire congregation and inhabitants of Nkack to join the Abwe Diabe family in thanking God for the completion of the health center.

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After church service, the congregation processed to the health center, where the Director General of Premier Medical Mr. Ebung Chrys made an official donation of a Bionocular Microscope which he offered to the health center on behalf of the staff of Premier Medical. The Hand over then proceeded with Mr. Abwe Diabe officially handing the keys of the health center to the president of Nkack Cultural Development (NKACUDEM) Sango Dominic Sonewa.

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The Daniel “Batiston” mother and child ward Nkack health center as it is named, will serve the health needs of Nkack, Muebah, Ebonemin and Epenebel/Muanjeken communities. It should be recalled that the first step to this landmark project in Nkack started on January 3rd 2014, when under the spiritual guidance of the then moderator of the PCC Right Rev Dr. Festus Asana and the Synod clerk Rev Abwenzoh, assembled with inhabitants of Knack at the side allocated for the health center purpose, to give thanks to God.

What was officially belt in the minds of the villagers after the blessings of the moderator, has officially been erected at the site to serve the purpose for which it is intended.

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Muteuelle Communautaire de Croissance Donates Medical Equipment worth 10 Million to Four Health Institution

Some four health institutions of the Mungo Division of the Littoral Region, Yesterday 4th November 2015 benefited from the donation of 48 medical equipment distributed amongst them by a Njombe based Micro-financial institution, Muteuelle Communautaire de Croissance (MC2).

The equipment worth over 10 million francs CFA was distributed amongst the four health institutions targeted which are: Dispensaire Publique de Njombe, Dispensaire Catholique de Njombe, Hopital ST Jean de Malte Njombe, and Centre de Sante de Penja. Amongst the Equipment distributed are: Delivery beds, Office chair, Microscope, Dressing trolley, Digital blood pressure machines, Otoscope, Surgical aspirators, Fridge and Stethoscope, which were supplied to MC2 by Cameroons giant medical equipment company Premier Medical SARL. With over fifteen years of experience in the sector of medical equipment, Premier Medical will also take charge of the installation, user training, and after sales maintenance of the equipment in the various health establishments.

Presiding during the distribution ceremony was the representative of the SDO for Njombe-Penja Abel Tidsani, who acknowledged the massive turn out of the population for the event.  Abel also congratulated MC2 for their commitment to community development, and reiterated the importance of communal growth, as a door way to achieving Cameroons emergence vision of 2035.  Also present during the ceremony were the Mayor of Penja, some traditional dignitaries, and the Director General of Premier Medical Ebung Chrysantus.

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According to the Unit Director of MC2 Pierre Céléstin Themah, Wednesday’s ceremony was another humbling activity for MC2, adding to a series of good will gestures carried out  by the institution to improve and promote community development. MC2 proud itself as a Microfinance institution, whose principal objective is to fight poverty in the community, through the provision of socio-Economic services. Prior to Wednesday’s donation, MC2 has also been very active in the educational milieu considering that they have provided many benches to some schools in the area.

World Hepatitis Day 2015: Egypt Host Celebration

The 2015 edition of the world Hepatitis day will be celebrated on Tuesday July 28 under the theme: Prevent Hepatitis.‬ This year, the World Health Organization is focusing particularly on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year.

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According to a press release published on the official website of WHO, This year’s, flagship event takes place in Egypt, a country that has one of the world’s highest hepatitis burdens. It is estimated that 10% of the ‎population between 15 and ‎‎59 years is chronically ‎infected with hepatitis C. Between 2007 and 2014, more than 350 000 people with hepatitis C have been treated. Today, 32 dedicated treatment centres are providing treatment at the Government’s expense. Egypt is also highlighting hepatitis prevention, and WHO is helping the country develop national ‎blood safety standards and has selected ‎it as one of 3 pilot ‎countries for its new Global ‎Injection Safety Initiative.‎

WHO highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. The Organization is alerting people to the risks of contracting hepatitis from unsafe blood, unsafe injections, and sharing drug-injection equipment. Some 11 million people who inject drugs have hepatitis B or C infection. Children born to mothers with hepatitis B or C and sex partners of people with hepatitis are also at risk of becoming infected.

WHO also emphasizes the need for all health services to reduce risks by using only sterile equipment for injections and other medical procedures, to test all donated blood and blood components for hepatitis B and C (as well as HIV and syphilis) and to promote the use of the hepatitis B vaccine. Safer sex practices, including minimizing the number of partners and using barrier protective measures (condoms), also protect against transmission.

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Earlier this year, WHO issued new guidelines for treatment of hepatitis B infection. These recommend using simple non-invasive tests to assess the stage of liver disease to help identify who needs treatment. WHO also calls for prioritizing treatment for those with cirrhosis – the most advanced stage of liver disease and for the use of two safe and highly effective medicines, TENOFOVIR or ENTECAVIR.

In September this year, countries will have the opportunity to share best practice at the first-ever World Hepatitis Summit to be held in Glasgow, Scotland. The summit, which is co-sponsored by WHO, the Scottish Government and the World Hepatitis Alliance, aims to raise the global profile of viral hepatitis, to create a platform for exchange of country experiences and to focus on working with countries to develop national action plans.