Yaounde Emergency Centre Organises HIV, Hepatitis Viral Screening

This is part of activities to commemorate the first anniversary of the hospital.

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After one year of existence, the Yaounde Emergency Centre (CURY), is proud to present a positive balance sheet to the public; with over 15,800 patients received so far recording a  mere mortality rate of 3. 8 per-cent. Activities to commemorate the first anniversary of the hospital were launched yesterday August 17, 2016 by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Public Health, Professor Koulla Sinata Shiro. Top on the agenda is the free screening of HIV and Hepatitis B and C to the public within the premises of CURY. Events end tomorrow in Yaounde.

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Presenting the balance sheet of the hospital, the Director, Dr Louis Joss Bitang a Mafok, said after 365 days of existence, it is like a dream come true not just for the country but particularly the personnel working at CURY who face major challenges but strife for success in each medical action they take. Being a veritable fruit of cooperation between Cameroon and the Republic of Korea, Dr Louis Joss Bitang noted that with the constant support from the Korean grant aid agency, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), CURY is a true picture of an Emergency Hospital not only in Cameroon but the Central African Region in general.

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Since the hospital opened its doors to the public, some 15,802 patients have been treated at the hospital. In a month, CURY receives some 1316 patients and 43.89 patients each day. Dr Louis Joss Bitang however noted that the maintenance service of the hospital lacks personnel to properly handle equipment, and need more quality staff to reinforce emergency works amongst other things. While hoping to establish other medical services in the hospital, the Director lamented that under the post care payment system which warrants treatment to patients before requesting payment, the hospital is lagging behind in terms of finance as some patients are unable to pay their bills after treatment. He pleaded with the government to help create a means through which such funds can be recovered.

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Professor Sinata and the Representative of the Ambassador of Korea to Cameroon, Kim Tae Young who is KOICA director lauded the staff of CURY for the work done. Kim Tae Young said his country pays particular attention to emergency medical care and it is their joy to share their experiences through the medical team working at CURY.

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