By Amos Fofung
The government of Japan has offered cira 50 million FCFA to the Mother and Child Centre of the Chantal Biya Foundation to improve healthcare of newborns at the center. An agreement to that effect was signed between the Embassy of Japan and the beneficiary Foundation on September 19,2019 with the Japanese Ambassador to Cameroon, Tsutomu Osawa, signing on behalf of the government of Japan and the Director of the Mother and Child Centre of the Foundation, Professor Paul Koki Ndombo, for Chantal Biya Foundation.
This was done in the presence of the Secretary General of the Chantal Biya Foundation, Habissou Bidoung Mkpatt, and Cameroon’s Ambassador to the Republic of Japan, Pierre Ndzengue.
The 50 million FCFA grant, reports hold, is within the framework of a project initiated by the Japanese embassy aimed at ensuring human security of the grass root population.
Explaining the purpose of the grant, Ambassador Tsutomu Osawa said it shall enable the Mother and Child Centre of the foundation to acquire efficient equipment to strengthen its technical capacities which will improve the care of new-borns.
Enthralled with the activities of the Chantal Biya Foundation, Ambassador Pierre Ndzengue said saving life is something very vital in any community.
He would then later congratulate the First Lady of Cameroon, Chantal Biya, and the committed staff of the Chantal Biya Foundation for their good work in reducing infant mortality.
The Secretary General of the Chantal Biya Foundation, Habissou Bidoung Mkpatt lauded the bold step taken by the Japanese government towards boosting health coverage in Cameroon and transmitted the gratitude and recognition of the First Lady to the Japanese government.
To the Director of the Mother and Child Centre of the Foundation, Professor Paul Koki Ndombo, t the grant will permit them acquire eight incubators, two phototherapy tunnels which will help them treat neonatal jaundice within hours, machine to analyze the blood of kids and an autodelfia machine to medically analyze newborn preterm babies with health complications.