National Medical Conference: Rendezvous in 2024

Cameroon’s next National Medical Conference will be held in 2024 and subsequently every two years.

This was amongst key announcements made at the end of this edition of the National Medical Conference.

The Minister of Public Health, Dr Manaouda Malachie frowned at the fact that the last National Medical Conference was held in 2007 and called on health professionals to ensure that this meeting happens often.

Dr Manaouda Malachie also exhorted all those concerned with the recommendations drafted to ensure their implementation.

A Conference like No Other

The President of the Organising Committee of the National Medical Conference, Prof Njock Louis Richard in his closing remark indicated that the objectives of the reunion were met and surpassed.

He particularly expressed satisfaction with the open session which involved questions and answers to officials of the Ministry of Public Health and the full involvement of the Diaspora.

On his part, the President of the Scientific Committee of the Conference, Prof Jean Claude Mbanya hailed participants and speakers, highlighting that about 204 people did oral presentations which is a ground-breaking record in Cameroon.

He added that over ten other countries were present at the meeting with approximately 136.5 hours spent in conference halls.

Recommendations

Apart from the 204 oral presentations, 61 symposiums took place at the end of which 152 recommendations were drafted.

Top amongst the recommendations were:

– Technical innovations at hospitals

Continuous education for health personnel

– Capacity-building of personnel

-Autonomisation of health centres

The closing ceremony was also an opportunity to recognise the work of past Ministers of Health (Public Health), renown medical personnel and lecturers at faculties of medicine across Cameroon with a thunderous standing ovation.

The National Medical Conference ended with the inaugural edition of the Healthcare Awards to recognise those impacting the sector.

Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi

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