Cameroon’s Public Health Minister, Dr. Manaouda Malachie has said the Yaounde Emergency Centre and the Yaounde Central Hospital are set to provide appropriate health care to patients during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2022.
The Minister visited both health facilities on September 13, to inspect equipment required to provide quality care to patients during the competition.
He was accompanied by the Governor of the Centre Region, and President of the Yaounde AFCON organizing committee, Naseri Paul Bea, the Minister of Employment and Vocational Training , Issa Tchiroma Bakary and other officials.
Health facilities to provide health care during AFCON
Four health facilities in Yaounde have been earmarked to provide health care to patients. Among them are ;
– the Yaounde Central hospital
– The Yaounde Emergency Centre
– The Yaounde General Hospital
– The First Region Military hospital
In the country’s economic capital, the Douala General hospital is preparing to welcome patients during the tournament. Regional hospitals in other host cities like , Limbe, Bafoussam, and Garoua will also open their doors to patients in January.
Staff of these health facilities are upgrading their skills in refresher courses organized to suit this purpose.
Functional units at the Emergency Centre
The Yaounde Emergency Centre has got up-to-date hospital equipment. The Director of the hospital, Dr. Louis Joss Bitang says the radiography unit, scanner, x-ray machines, intensive care machines, magnetic resonance equipment, and surgery units are all functional.
The hospital recently acquired three medicalized ambulances in preparation for AFCON, but the Director says there is more to come.
Yaounde Central Hospital to meet deadline
The Yaounde Central Hospital has been renovated and equipped with required equipment to meet the CAF standards for hospitals that will provide care to patients during the AfCON. Prof. Pierre Joseph Fouda, Director of the Yaounde Central Hospital led the Minister and delegation to inspect the scanner, ultrasound, radiology unit, surgery unit that are all in good shape.
Health care givers to keep #COVID19 at bay
Three weeks ago, Cameroon reported over 1000 cases and 8 deaths in two weeks. As the sports tournament draws closer, health officials are getting set to deal with the pandemic once more.
The Minister adds that all patients in health facilities, especially those providing care to patients during AFCON will be systematically screened for the virus.
“We have instructed health care givers to systematically screen those who are at the emergency and those admitted for the virus”.
The Public Health Minister will continue his evaluation visit tomorrow September 15 at the Yaounde General Hospital.
Kathy Neba Sina