By Colbert Gwain, in Bamenda
Cameroon’s Member of Parliament MP, for Bafut/Tubah constituency, Hon. Agho Oliver has provided medical equipment to reduce the health challenges of his people.
Bafut/Tubah is a constituency in Mezam Division of Cameroon’s conflict-ravaged Northwest region.
The MP, who understands the importance of humanitarian assistance to the suffering population Friday, April 22, 2022, donated drugs and medical equipment worth over 30 million FCFA.
The drugs consisting of a variety of large spectrum antibiotics for children and adults are believed to be timely as a majority of inhabitance live on a per capita income of less than 500 FCFA, an amount less than 1 Dollar.
The situation of the Bafut/Tubah population, most of who are farmers is further worsened by an ongoing separatist armed conflict in anglophone Cameroon which is nearing a 6th year.
Continuous fighting between government forces and separatist fighters in Bafut and Tubah subdivisions has thus only made a bad situation worst thereby prompting the MP and his collaborators to make the health gesture.
The drugs were handed over to the resident Doctors of Bafut and Tubah, in the presence of the District Medical Officers, DMO’s, on Friday.
Reacting after receiving the consignment which comprised of drugs and 10 water filters for their hospitals, both the Doctors and DMOs expressed gratitude for the move, emphasising that the health of a people is wealth.
They sadly revealed that, out of every 100 patients who come for consultation, at least 36 end up lacking financial resources to follow up on treatment, as such, their situation grow worst with some dying along the line.
Hon. Oliver’s decision to cater for the health of the needy in the Bafut and Tubah constituency preceded a clarion call some two weeks ago to assist 77-year-old Bafut widow, Mama Lum Monica.
After providing her with a new bed, mattress, bedsheets, and other household equipment, it was later discovered that she equally needed urgent medical attention.
When she was taken to hospital for check-up, the MP’s team realized many more widows, the young and the Elderly in the community lacked access to affordable healthcare.
The MP then resolved to target the entire constituency by providing a consignment of drugs intended to assist the needy population.
Also present during the handing over ceremony was Marie Noella Atanga, younger sister to Minister, Paul Atanga Nji, of Territorial Administration who promised to bring more if the present consignment serves the purpose for which it is intended.