|Fako Washington President Mosaso Nathaniel addressing Bwassa/Likombe villagers during the donation.|
The villages of Bwassa and Likombe in Buea Subdivision, Fako Division of Cameroon, ended the year 2016 on a happy note as the lone state-owned but poorly equipped health facility shared by both villages were given a significant face-lift by Fako Washington, an association of sons and daughters of Fako resident in Washington-USA.
|Mosaso Nathaniel at entrance of the health center|
The association donated to the facility: mattresses, bed sheets, a microscope, a centrifuge. It got the center electrified and provided it with a huge water tank.Fako Washington also painted the structure.
|Kamdem Joseph,of Public Health Ministry, lauds donation|
Surprised that a state-owned facility could lack even basics, the President of Fako Washington urged the Cameroon government to live up to expectation by further equipping the facility and increasing its personnel.
|Cross-section of villagers who witnessed the donation|
Earlier in her welcome address, Madam Ilambo Bibiana, the Chief of the health facility, commended the initiative of Fako Washington, noting: “This year would remain a wonderful one in the history of this health facility.” She alluded to earlier donations to the center made by a Bwassa elite Moki Charles Linonge “who brightened our face with a donation of modern beds, mattresses and microscope”, and Hon. Lisinge Ekeke Arthur,MP for Buea Urban, who assisted financially for the purchase of electric cable.
Ilambo promised the judicious use of the donations but requested more assistance. “We urgently need a night-watch man and more nurses. The residence of the nurse in charge needs to be completed, so the chief of centre can live near the center and better ensure health coverage; we need to fence the center’s land for future development”
For his part, an elated Mr.kamdem Joseph,a representative of the Ministry of Public Health,said he was convinced the health facility would now be able provide “a complete Minimum Package of Activity(MPA) which includes daily consultations and treatments of minor cases and referral of serious cases to secondary level centres around, vaccinations, antenatal care, deliveries of uncompleted labour cases, minor surgeries…screening for high blood pressure,HIV/AIDS and the provision of essential medicines “
Other speakers at the ceremony included the Chief of Bwassa,Eko John and Mola Njie Luma who sat in for the chief of Likombe Francis Ndumbe Luma.Both showered praises on Fako Washington, praying God to bless them and their efforts.
Prince Esuka Endeley,President of Fako America(the umbrella association of Fako elements in the USA),who witnessed the donation, encouraged self-reliant development among Fako people, and hinted of projects by the umbrella association to boost development back home.
Cultural dances and choral singing animated the ceremony