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VSO Equips 26 Health Centres To Curb Child Mortality 

By Chris Mbunwe — Voluntary Service Overseas, VSO-Cameroon, Thursday, January 30, in Fundong Boyo, Division, Northwest Region, handed over medical equipment worth FCFA 13 million to 26 rural health centres. Speaking at the occasion, the Country Director of VSO Cameroon, Alexander Davey, said the activity is part of a one-year pilot project funded by VSO and implemented in partnership with the Fundong Health District.

The project has as goal to contribute to the improvement of maternal and child health in the entire Boyo Division through the reduction in maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates.
The project target beneficiaries, according to VSO Country Director, are 50 health workers, 100 school health club members, 15 staff of partner organisations, 6,000 pregnant women and 4,000 newly born babies.

He said to achieve this goal, the project has been focusing on four specific objectives; capacity development through training of rural workers in modern health practices and care for family planning, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment as well as comprehensive maternal health clinics and safe delivery to expectant mothers. The project Davey, went on, has been equipping key rural health centres with the necessary apparatuses to deliver health assessments for pregnant women, uncomplicated deliveries and neonatal resuscitation.

All health centres in Boyo have been provided training material and information leaflets and posters on health educational issues. He thanked two community-based health organisations; Project Hope in Njinikom and La Leberte Arts Group for community mobilization, the Fundong District Health Services and secondary school health clubs in Belo, Njinikom and Fundong Division for this great success.

On effective follow-up to ensure that the equipment is put to good use, Davey said,“though we have come to the end of our stay in Cameroon, which means we have to fold up in March this year, I am assuring the population that there shall be strict supervision and follow-up.” The District Medical Officer for Boyo, Dr. Walters Suh, expressed gratitude to VSO Cameroon and promised that the equipment will be put to good use.

The Geographical Manager of VSO Northwest, Silvestre Ngwa Suh, who supervised the delivery of the medical equipment, said they include delivery beds, examination beds, delivery kits, sphygmomanometres with stethoscopes, baby weighing scales, foetoscopes, solar lamps, oxygen concentrator, speculums, haemoglobin machine and strips, urinary catheters and more.

Reverend Sisters from Catholic hospitals of Fuanantue and Njinikom and a host of others from the communities were thankful to VSO, saying health care delivery will greatly improved. VSO that is packing out of Cameroon is an international development agency that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Since 1998, VSO has deployed close to 400 international volunteers to fight poverty in the regions of Cameroon with the most development needs.

First published in The Post print edition no 01503

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