Cameroon Press Release Statement 2017

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Yaoundé, 16 August 2017

Press Release

The Minister of Public Health informs the general public that upon invitation of the HEAD OF STATE H.E. Paul BIYA, that the international NGO Mercy Ships will carry out a Care Mission in Cameroon from 17 August 2017 to June 2018. This Humanitarian Mission is placed under the very High Patronage of the First Lady, H.E. Mrs. Chantal BIYA, and the high coordination of the Prime Minister, Head of Government.

The hospital ship, Africa Mercy, will provide medical and surgical care in the surgical specialties below to about 4,500 mainly poor patients, who were selected between April and May 2017 in the 10 regions of Cameroon:

  • General and orthopaedic surgery: deformities related to neglected trauma, correction of club foot, congenital malformations;
  • Maxillofacial surgery: non-cancerous deforming tumors, cleft palate, cleft lip, and goiter;
  • Reconstructive plastic surgery: congenital abnormalities, contracture from burns, chronic ulcers, tumors and obstetric fistulas.
  • Opthalmic surgery and dental care.

Moreover, taking advantage of the high-level of medical expertise that will be mobilized by this mission, Cameroonian health professionals (medical doctors, nurses, biomedical staff and others) will benefit from several continuing education and mentoring sessions in the medico-surgery fields offered by Mercy Ships.

Patient selection is ongoing for some pathologies such as obstetric fistula, cataract surgery and dental care, and more accurate information about their programming will be provided in the coming weeks.

Mr. André Mama Fouda, Minister of Health reiterates that, on Very High Instructions of the HEAD OF STATE, ALL CARE IS FREE OF CHARGE.

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Yaoundé, le 16 Aout 2017

Communiqué de presse

Le Ministre de la Santé public porte à la connaissance du grand public que sur Invitation du CHEF DE L’ETAT S.E. Paul BIYA, ONG Internationale Mercy Ships va conduire une mission de soins au Cameroun du 17 Août jusqu’en Juin 2018. Cette Mission humanitaire est placée sous le Très Haut Patronage de la Première Dame, S.E. Mme Chantal BIYA, et la Haute Coordination de Monsieur Le Premier Ministre Chef du Gouvernement.

Le navire-hôpital Africa Mercy, va prodiguer des soins medico chirurgicaux à près de 4500 patients essentiellement pauvres et démunis, sélectionnés entre Avril/Mai 2017 dans les 10 régions du Cameroun, dans les spécialités chirurgicales suivantes:

  • La chirurgie générale et orthopedique: déformations liées aux traumatismes négligés, correction de pieds bots, malformations congénitales;
  • La chirurgie maxillo-faciale : tumeurs déformantes non cancéreuses, fentes palatines, fentes labiales et goîtres;
  • La chirurgie plastique reconstructive: anomalies congénitales, séquelles de brûlures, ulcères chronique, tumeurs et fistules obstétricales.
  • La Chirurgie opthalmologiques et les soins dentaires.

Par ailleurs, profitant de toute l’expertise médicale de haut volée que mobilisera cette Mission, des professionnels camerounais de la santé (médecins, infirmiers, personnel biomédical et autres), bénéficieront de plusieurs sessions de formation continue et de mentorat dans les disciplines médico-chirurgicales offertes par Mercy Ships.

Pour certaines pathologies comme les fistules obstétricales, la chirurgie de la cataracte et les soins dentaires la sélection des patients se poursuit et des informations plus précises sur leur programmation seront fournies dans les prochaines semaines.

André Mama Fouda et sceau du Ministre de la Santé Public réaffirme que sur Très Hautes Instructions du CHEF DE L’ETAT, TOUTE LA PRISE EN CHARGE EST GRATUITE.

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