Chantal Biya Renovates, Equips Yingui District Hospital

The hitherto dilapidated medical facility that caters for the health needs of some 3,000 people covering 40 villages was retroceded to the community over the weekend by the Circles of Friends of Cameroon (CERAC), a charity organisation founded by the First Lady, Mrs Chantal Biya.

Shawn-Nathan Epang

In a bid to improve healthcare conditions of the population of Yingui Sub-division, the Circles of Friends of Cameroon (CERAC) a philanthropic organisation founded by the First Lady, Mrs Chantal Biya, renovated and equipped the Yingui District Hospital, in the Nkam Division in the Littoral Region.  The medical facility that caters for the health needs of some 3, 000 people spread over 40 villages was retroceded to the population over the weekend in the presence of the personal representative of Mrs Chantal Biya, Catherine Esso (spouse of the Minister of State, in charge of Justice) and a powerful CERAC delegation.   Members of government from the Littoral Region notably Minister of State for Justice and Keeper of the Seals, Laurent Esso, Minister of Transport, Jean Ernest Ngalle Bibehe, External Relations Minister, Lejuene Mbella Mbella, Arts and Culture Minister, Narcisse Kombi Moelle among other prominent elites witnessed the handing over of the renovated and equipped hospital to the population.

The CERAC women braved the odds to Yingui with equipment and drugs for the health centre, a clear demonstrates that distance is not a barrier to Mrs Chantal Biya’s generosity. “We shall no longer travel long distances to Douala, Edea and Yabassi in difficult conditions for medical care,” was the sentence on every lip in Yingui on Saturday, June 9 as they danced and chanted songs of praises to the crew and Cameroon’s First Lady for ending the veritable nightmare that had stared them in the face for years. Dance groups from different parts of the country demonstrated the peaceful co-existence of Cameroonians in the locality and sent messages of gratitude through heart-touching melodies to the First Lady and CERAC members.

Before the coming of CERAC the dilapidating health Centre was an eyesore with no electricity, water, and with an empty pharmacy. Today, the locality can boast of a clean and well refurbished infrastructure that harbours a surgical service, emergency ward, gynaecology, paediatric and vaccination services as well as a pharmacy and a well-equipped theatre. With the facelift and equipment, the Hospital Director, Dr Abel Belong expressed their gratitude and promised not only to make good use of the facility but also stated that it will improve on the quality of services rendered to the population.

During the crowd-pulling event, the Personal Representative of the Founding President of CERAC, Madam Catherine Esso, disclosed that CERAC’s generosity knows no limit and that they reach out to communities irrespective of distance. “Landlocked areas and extreme conditions don’t discourage the CERAC women to reach out to those in need,” she noted.

Madam Catherine Esso said the accomplishment of the project is a great satisfaction for CERAC women and thanked all who contributed to make the dreams of the close to 3,000 Yingui inhabitants come true. She however instructed them to take proper care of the jewel and use it for the interest of the population.

For 23 years, CERAC has been carrying out humanitarian work for the wellbeing and the development of the communities. Their humanitarian gestures across the country is telling of the solidarity, peace and unity they stand for by taking gift-laden caravans to different parts of the national territory. It is not the first time CERAC is touching lives in Nkam Division. The charity organisation of the First Lady donated gifts to flood victims in 1998, gifts to Bonajoa disaster victims in 2005, rehabilitated and equipped l’Ecole Primaire d’Application of Yabassi in 2009, and offered gifts to Ndocksamba Integrated Health Centre and to rural women in Nkondjock in 2014.

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