The organization donated medical equipment to four health facilities in several cities in Cameroon at the Ad-Lucem hospital in Douala at the end of May.
The numbers are alarming. 25 to 30% of Cameroonians over the age of 45 suffer from hypertension, while 6% of adults living in urban areas have diabetes. It is strong of this observation that the MTN foundation and Sanofi, a French pharmaceutical group, gave medical equipment last Tuesday to 4 “diabetes clinics” on the premises of the Ad-Lucem hospital in Bali in Douala. Diabetes clinics are spaces set up within hospital structures, the aim of which is to promote screening and facilitate awareness on diabetes and high blood pressure, explains the managers of the mobile operator. Thus, Jean-Melvin Akam, Executive Secretary of the MTN foundation, gave André Fouda, director of said hospital, blood pressure monitors, 15 boxes of 100 strips, 08 boxes of 200 lancets, 03 thermometers, a 40-inch TV, etc. “With Sanofi, through the” Health Alert “project, we believe we can offer concrete solutions to a major public health problem that should be pushed back,” commented Jean-Melvin Akam.
In addition to the Ad-Lucem hospital in Bali, Our Lady of Love hospitals in Logpom, CDC in Tiko and Limbé regional hospital have also received similar medical equipment, bringing the number of “diabetes clinics to seven. »Completely renovated and equipped during the first phase. Although this equipment is in great need, the MTN foundation plans to work more to eradicate the “silent killer” from Cameroon. This is why, during the 2nd phase of the program, it will contribute to the installation of eight new clinics in the Center, Littoral, Sud-Ouest, Adamaoua, Nord-Ouest and Ouest regions. This, through the care of the patients, as well as the material equipment of the clinics to improve the conditions of reception and follow-up of the patients, we learned. Likewise, over the next two years, the foundation will send awareness messages about diabetes and high blood pressure to the MTN subscriber base.
As a reminder, these different donations are made in the context of the implementation of the tripartite agreement signed between Sanofi, the MTN foundation and the Ministry of Public Health to fight against diabetes and high blood pressure through the “Health Alert” project. ”
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