Over a hundred medical personnel, including directors of hospitals, district medical officers, members from the delegate of public health in the Southwest Region and some partners have converged on Kumba for a two-day conference at the Tower of David hotel, Buea Road.
The Regional coordination meeting took place on Thursday, July 27, and Friday, 28, July 2017 under the theme “Improving the quality of health care delivery” seeking to enrich participants on how to improve health care delivery, especially, to those of the remote areas who don’t have access to quality health facilities.
To officially declare the conference open was the personal representative of the Southwest Regional Governor, Julius Tata, Cultural and Social Adviser. He reminded the health experts that healthcare is Government’s priority and by the same token, enjoined them to move away from routine and old practices especially as Government is not relenting efforts in assisting them have a disease and infection free country.
According to an expert from the Ministry of Public Health, the process of providing quality healthcare, especially during delivery is far more than having equipment. To him, “providing good healthcare starts with the functioning and management of health institutions, hygiene and the fight against hospital infections. The process must start with diagnosing the problem before getting to solution.”
To some participants, the conference gave them the opportunity to expose the challenges they are facing on the ground given that, they hardly have an opportunity to meet with their delegate due to long distances. The district medical officer for Bakassi, Dr. Akaragwe Alphonse, to this effect explained that, with regard to delivering healthcare, which was the focus for this second meeting in 2017, the condition is bad with a high mortality rate in his district, because, as he put it, women in his area often choose to give birth in church, with the assistance of traditional birth attendants with no hygiene exercised. According to him, even if the women successfully give birth, the children are still exposed to danger as their parents refuse them from been vaccinated, a situation that the administration is struggling to deal with.
At the end of the Regional coordination meeting, many participants like him hoped that new methods on how to cope with the present challenges will help them in their various stations.
By Ngende Esther Boh