By Clementina Njang Yong
The time of the retreat was also observed as a mandatory rest and recovery for leaders who ordinarily are very busy in their stations of work. The forum also helped leaders learn how to manage the burnout syndrome, have God renew their strength to be able to function better, and a thanksgiving session to God for putting them where they are to render services to mankind.
The Director of the CBC Health Services, Prof. Tih Pius Muffih, while opening the session, encouraged everyone to actively listen to the guest speaker purposefully and be encouraged to continue to do what they do in their services to humanity.
Attending the retreat were leaders from the main facilities in all 9 regions of Cameroon where the CBC Health Services operates including staff of the Director of Health Services’ Central Administration Office, Hospital Administrators, Chief Medical Officers, Chaplains, and some Project staff.
Addressing the leaders, the guest speaker of the retreat, Reverend Njini Edward, Senior Pastor of Nkwen Baptist Church in Bamenda noted that the session rendered an opportunity for leaders to have a close connection with God, relax and evaluate, regain new strength, and be refreshed and revitalized. The retreat, he noted, comes at a time of diverse personal challenges ranging from family challenges, workplace challenges, challenges in church, socio-political crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic among others. The prelate schooled the CBC Health Services leaders on how they can stay safe from the consequences and remain resilient in the face of these challenges. He enjoined them to learn to persevere and adopt more leadership skills that will continue to build the CBC Health Services. The leaders were also challenged to adopt virtues of Wisdom, Perseverance, and Empathy.
Annual retreats for all staff of the CBC Health Services are normal yearly activities at the level of the institutions, but this was the first time for a Leaders Retreat to take place at the level of the CBC Health Services. Attendees attested to the importance of the retreat and how it was beneficial to them at individual and collective levels.