By Njoka Divine Ngwang
A five days Primary Health Fair organized by the Life Abundant Primary Health Care (LAP) program of the CBC Health Services has come to an end in Mankouombi Baptist Primary Health Centre located in Masangam Sub division, in the Noun Division of the West Region of Cameroon. This Mini health Fair ran from the December 1-5, 2021 with the main objective to promote good health and wellness and disease prevention among individuals, families, groups and the community at Large through health talks, counseling, screening, treatment initiation and referrals. Experts drawn from CBC Health Services attended to clients at various stands: Eye screening, Dental screening, Women’s Health, Mental Health, Non Communicable Diseases, Hypertension, Diabetes, Know Your Numbers, Ear, Nose and Throat amongst other health services. According to experts in the field, many cases of hypertension were discovered in the community, and treatment were administered while other cases and conditions such as sickle cell anemia, and other conditions were referred for treatment in closer and competent hospitals. On daily basis, the health talks delivered by the various experts of the different departments were translated from English to French and to the Bamoum languages for easy understanding by the local population. These talks were interactive in nature and gave room for questions and answers during which the indigenes were enlightened and given clarifications on their doubts. According to Mr. Kakute Peter, the LAP Administrator, “This health fair is organized in line with the United Nation’s Declaration of 2015 on Sustainable Development Goal No.3.8 which spells out the Universal Health Coverage by 2030. It’s also in accordance with Cameroon’s Emergence agenda for 2035 announced by the President of the Republic of Cameroon ”. “This health fair has seen a comprehensive team of health experts drawn from all CBC Health Services facilities to ensure that holistic care is given to the people who are living in this hard to reach and remotest parts of the country,” the LAP Administrator added. The health Fair in Mankouombi comes a few weeks after the one held in Mbioko, still in the West region of Cameroon. It is important to note that these primary health fairs are organized in communities and hold at premises of the CBC Health Service Primary Health Centers in the different communities. The CBC Health Services in efforts to bring healthcare to all in hard to reach communities, has opened over 50 Primary Health Centers in communities in Cameroon.