By Akem Olives Nkwain
Prof. Tih Pius Muffih, Director of the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Health Services has saluted the individual and collective resolve of staff of the organization in reaching out with healthcare services to the populace amidst turbulent times. He voiced the encouragement in an address to leaders of the organization in their annual coordination meeting at the CBC Resource Centre of Excellence Mvan, Yaounde. The meeting codenamed Chiefs of Centre and Leaders Meeting is a rallying point where the leaders assess the health and state of affairs in the organization while charting the way forward. Speaking to Health Services’ Communications shortly at the close of the meeting Prof. Tih said “the CBC Health Services is on good footing. After listening to reports from all of our hospitals and health centres, I am impressed that despite the sociopolitical crisis in northwest and southwest regions where a bulk of our facilities are based, and the COVID-19 pandemic, our facilities have kept their doors open to the entire public; receiving and treating patients that come and counseling the depressed to find solace.” I know that there is still a lot going on in the community that we need to penetrate and meet people with basic health services they need all the time. This I am happy that our team is more than ever determined, he said. The three-day meeting was ample time for the leaders to brainstorm on system sustainability. One of the high points of the meeting was a seminar on succession planning and supervision. During the seminar facilitated by Mr. Peter Mua, CBM Country Director, the leaders were charged to; aspire to be motivational leaders, add value to their [subordinates] staff, mentor other leaders among their staff, study the environment where they operate and put in place competency and skill improvement strategies and approaches for all staff. “As leaders, be aware that someday your leadership will come to an end. Therefore strive to be a model to all your staff such that succession and transition which are vital in sustaining any system will be easy,” he said. Addressing the leaders on his part, Rev. Dr. Nditemeh Charlemagne, CBC Executive President commended kingpins for the strides made in keeping the organization afloat and above all putting the entire convention in the spotlight both nationally and internationally. “The CBC Health Services was created by the church and for the church, and as a department, it has taken the name, color, image of the Cameroon Baptist Convention to a level that no other department of the convention has,” he bragged.
He further cautioned the leaders to learn from the history of viable organizations that have fallen to their knees due to mismanagement and as such shy away from all forms of malpractices that may stifle the growth of the Health Services. The Chiefs of Centre and Leaders meeting 2021 from July 28-31 saw all leaders from the 11 hospitals and 34 health centres of the CBC Health Services converge on Yaoundé to present reports of activities as well as goals realized within the first half of the year.