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Hippocrates Foundation Created To Develop Medical Field 

By Leocadia Bongben

A foundation for the development of the medical field, known as the Hippocrates Foundation, has been created in Cameroon.

The main focus of the foundation would be to re-enforce the capacities of the medical school, give scholarships to resource-limited but meritorious students, re-enforce infrastructural capacities of the medical school such as library, laboratories and stimulate research programmes indispensable for training. Chairing the General Assembly to lay the ground work of the foundation, on June 2, was the Rector of the University of Yaoundé 1, Oumarou Bouba, during.

Members of the foundation include; Dr. Dorothy L Njeuma, former rector of UNIYAO I, Dr. Fritz Ntone Ntone, Government Delegate to Douala Urban Council, Hon. Kalbasu, MP for  Mayo Kani, Director of SOCUCAM, the Pioneer Dean of the Faculty, former Minister, Godlive Monekosso amongst others.

Though the project was hailed by all and sundry, one of the founding members, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Prof. Tetanji Ekoue, warned that the foundation is not a bank of money.

Prof. Tetanji clarified that the functioning and existence of philanthropy is open to all physical persons regardless of nationality, political opinion and religion. Though journalists doubted the proper functioning of this structure with the corruption witnessed in the medical field, the founders promised to be exemplary in management within the strict respect of universal principles of transparency, and traceability of resources. 
School Of Medicine Clocks 40

Meanwhile, after presenting of the Hippocrates Foundation, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences announced the 40th Anniversary of the Medical School with the Hippocrates Foundation as a birth day gift.

He said the Faculty, created in 1969, has undergone mutation from CHUYS to FMBS with 85 students now 150. The Dean revealed that the Faculty has trained 3350 Health Personnel, comprising 2042 General Medical Practitioners, 344 Specialist Physicians, 19 Emergency Doctors and 747 Technicians in Nursing Care and 198 Paramedical Personnel.

The anniversary, it was announced, would provide an opportunity to effect reforms that have begun with the introduction of the Degree Master Doctorate system. Three new cycles have been created; the Dental Medicine, the Pharmacy and Biomedical as well as the Paramedical Sciences.

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