Government through legislation has formed a powerful health partnership with religious bodies and private institutions.
Cameroon’s Prime Minister, Head of Government, Philemon Yang on March 29, 2017 officially inaugurated the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute located at Oback at the outskirts of the capital city, Yaounde.
A report on August 22, 2018 stated that a record 405 patients were attended to in one day in the institute for cases of general ophthalmology clinic as well as the retina, glaucoma, pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus, cornea, oculoplastics, cataract and refractive surgery subspecialty clinics.
The official inauguration of the institute by the Prime Minister was the hallmark of government’s encouragement to the Africa Eye Foundation put in place by international NGOs whose objective is to establish and supervise the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute in the Yaounde, the first in Central and West Africa.
Besides treating eye problems, the tertiary eye care hospital’s ambition is also to train health personal become the next generation of leaders and to provide high quality eye care services with subspecialties (currently unavailable in Central Africa) and outreach programmes, minimizing the need to send patients abroad.
Equally, through government’s facilitation and encouragement, Cameroon is blessed to have the Cardiac Center of Shisong in the St. Elizabeth Catholic General Hospital Complex in Kumbo Bui Division of the North West Region, the first cardiosurgical Centre in West and Central Africa. The centre jointly sponsored by the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis, the Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo Association and Cuore Fratello Association in Milan (Italy), is equipped with ultra-modern technologies and offers a wide range of cardiology services including diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease and electrophysiology.
The Cardiac Centre at Shisong Hospital is just a tip of the iceberg of what religious bodies and private groups are doing in Cameroon in the health domain facilitated by government. The Catholic Church in Cameroon has a wide range of hospitals and other health structures.
The Cameroon Baptist Convention through its Health Services has six hospitals, 25 integrated Health Centres, 50 primary Health Centers, Pharmaceutical procurement and distribution department, a Baptist Training School for Health Personnel (BTSHP).
There is also the Presbyterian Health Services of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon (PCC). The health services through their three hospitals and numerous health centres work in partnership with government to meet the health needs of Cameroonians and even foreigners.