By Bonkung Handerson
“Unveil your skills, help those who come to you for help and follow the Mission Statement as you go to serve the Lord”. Prof. Tih Pius Muffih, Director of Health Services (DHS) made this charge to Ten Physiotherapy (PT) Assistants who came to the end of their training course that ran from August 2020 to June 2021 in the Baptist Training School for Health Personnel. Cognizance of the fact that the training held within a difficult context plagued by the Coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing socio-political crisis in the Southwest and Northwest regions, the DHS congratulated the course coordinator, Mr. Fanfon Timothy and his team of instructors for braving the odds in training the PT Assistants who are today full and well-baked employees of the CBCHS ready for deployment to any station of need. The course coordinator, Mr. Fanfon Timothy who doubles as PT Supervisor of the CBCHS said, the course was initiated to meet the expansion need of the system, especially for the northbound stations. Thus, a majority of the graduands are able to express themselves in Fulfulde, the lingua franca of the people in the northern part of Cameroon. The course coordinator appreciated all and sundry who contributed in the success of the training program notably; the course instructors, the Central Administration for logistics and the parents and guardians for paying the fees and supporting the students. Mr. Fanfon also congratulated the entire class that had the lowest average of 13+ with Nganjoh Elvis as the overall best graduand with an average of 16.38. The three runners up, all females, received special prizes from the DHS. The PT Supervisor admonished the graduands not to be contented with the one-year training but to work hard and strive for further training even up to PhD level.
Speaking on behalf of his class, the overall best student, Nganjoh Elvis thanked God for the opportunity of training. He equally thanked the course instructors and pledged to represent themselves well in their new stations of work. Earlier in a devotional from Deut, 28:13, Pastor Bambo Denis dwelled on “Discovering God’s Purpose for your Life”. According to the prelate, the newly graduated PT Assistants should discover their purposes by trusting God, pursue their purposes and celebrate their purposes. The graduation ceremony held on June 17, 2021 at the DHS Conference Hall in Bamenda in strict respect of COVID-19 measures – no crowd except a few officials including the CBCHS Chief of Administration, the Administrator of Nkwen Baptist Hospital and the Manager of the Socio Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.