The first-ever National Days of Health Promotion has been launched this 16th April 2018 at the School of Health Sciences of the Catholic University of Central Africa, Yaounde.
The event has been organised under the theme, “Health by All”.
This event began on 14th April 2018 with a community health campaign in Soa, Yaounde where health talks, medical check-ups and surgeries were carried out.
The National Days of Health Promotion includes a first-ever Congress of Community Medicine to take place from 18th through 20th April 2018.
Discussions are expected to focus on the theme, “Malaria in children in all states”, a theme has been chosen in the build up to World Malaria Day on 25th April.
The National Days end on 21st April 2018 with a blood donation campaign.
This blood donation exercise has been included to respond to the urgent need of blood in hospitals. Statistics indicate that just 91.000 packs of blood are presently stored in hospitals as opposed to the 400.000 needed.
Dr Patrick Ngou one of the flag bearers of the National Days of Health Promotion explains that the purpose of the campaign is to ensure healthy living amongst Cameroonians.
The medical doctor wonders aloud why many children still die of malaria even before getting to the hospital.
Others he says, are brought to the hospital only at a critical stage of the illness.
Dr Patrick Ngou calls on communities to begin by keeping their environment clean.
In a nutshell, the medical practitioner and his team hope that the National Days will serve to sensitise the public in favour of healthy living especially in the fight against malaria.
To him, lack of information and poor living conditions account for the many health-related challenges in many communities. “We are all actors of health,” Dr Patrick Ngou insists.
Exchanges during the Community Medicine Congress will focus on medicine and social networking.
The communities will also learn more about anaemia and malaria.
The National Days of Health Promotion according to organisers, will become an annual rendezvous.