Public Health Minister Launches Construction Of Bamenda Teaching Hospital

Minister Mama Fouda with engineers of the project

Public Health Minister, Andre Mama Fouda has officially launched the construction work of the Bamenda Teaching Hospital with the laying of the foundation at Futru-Nkwen on May 3, 2017. The teaching hospital is part of government’s 1000 billion emergency plan, a government programme intended to transform Cameroon into an emerging economy by 2035.

The Bamenda University Teaching Hospital will cost 15 billion francs, 10 billion in infrastructure and the remaining five billion francs in equipment for the hospital that would be a level Two referral Hospital on par with Hospitals like the Sagmelima referral Hospital and Yaoundé Teaching Hospital and inferior only to the Yaoundé and Douala Referral Hospitals in the country.  

 The University teaching hospital will house some 121 beds, 14 examination rooms, an intensive care unit, a pharmacy, dentistry amongst others and is aimed at reducing mobility of patients out of the region to more equipped hospitals elsewhere as well as help reduce the mortality rate from some preventable illnesses.

AndreMama Fouda responding to a question from Hon. Fusi Namukong Wilfred said this project will not be abandon like others because it is a priority project initiated by the Head of State to increase the level of health care services offered in Cameroon. Government will continue progressively to rehabilitate other health centers across the 19 health districts of the North West Region he reassured the MP.

Minister and Governor Lele take tour of the site at Futru-Nkwen

The SDO, Governor and Minister Mama Fouda

Ongoing work at the construction site

Workers registered to work through the National Employment Fund

Minister Mama Fouda arrives Bamenda

The Minister also announced that the Bamenda Regional hospital will also be provided with an new ambulance because the current one was over used during the ghost towns to transport medical personnel to and from the hospital.

A Moroccan company, Alliance construction Cameroon will handle the project that is expected to be delivered in 18 months.  The hospital will be constructed over a surface area of 11 hectares. It also emerged during the event that workers wishing to work in the project should table their applications through the National Employment Fund, the only place from which the work force for the project would be drawn from.

The minister used to opportunity to also assure disgruntled workers of the Bamenda Regional Hospital that an insurance cover will soon be made available for them and that government is doing everything within its means to redress the current problems faced by medical personnel nationwide.  These assurances came at the backdrop of constant threats by doctors and some health personnel to down their tools to press for better working conditions.

By Ndi Tsembom Elvis

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