SOUTH WEST REGIONAL FUND FOR HEALTH PROMOTION - BUEA

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BREAST IS BEST: ADVANTAGES OF BREASTFEEDING

The evidence is conclusive: breast milk is the best nutrition you can offer your newborn. Breastfeeding offers tremendous health benefits to both mother and child. It is specially designed to cater for all your child’s nutritional needs in the first six months of life. For maximum benefits, breastfeeding should be initiated soon after the birth of your child and should be maintained exclusively for six months, until weaning is initiated.

The advantages of colostrum

For the first 2-4 days of your baby’s life, your breasts will secrete colostrum, a yellowish fluid rich in proteins. These valuable proteins are essential to the development of a healthy immune system.

  • The protein is easily digested and absorbed by the body, especially by the rapidly developing brain.
  • Colostrum provides factors that promote maturation of the gut and good digestion.
  • Colostrum is the most superior and well-designed nutrition for your baby in the first few days of life.

Breast milk is nutritionally superior to formula

  • Human milk contains both saturated and unsaturated fats, as well as cholesterol, an important constituent of brain and nerve tissue. The fat in breast milk is more digestible than that in formula.
  • The energy breast milk provides is more efficiently utilised, than the energy provided by formula.
  • Breast milk contains a full range of vitamins and minerals in an easily digestible combination.
  • Special immune system protective proteins are present in breast milk. These proteins offer protection against diarrhoea, food allergies and infections. The immunoprotective components of human milk include:
  • Lactoferrin : binds to iron, thus rendering it unavailable to viruses and bacteria.
  • Lysozymes and milk leucocytes: destroy viruses and bacteria
  • Secretory IgA: immunoglobulin that destroys viruses and bacteria
  • Bifidus factor: promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut and limits the growth of disease-causing bacteria.

Advantages of breastfeeding for the baby

  • Superior nutrition
  • There is an increased resistance to infections, and therefore fewer incidents of illness and hospitalisation
  • Decreased risk of allergies and lactose intolerance
  • Breast milk is sterile
  • Baby experiences less nappy rash and thrush
  • Baby is less likely to develop allergies
  • Baby experiences fewer stomach upsets and constipation
  • Breastfed infants tend to have fewer cavities
  • Breastfeeding promotes the proper development of baby’s jaw and teeth.
  • Breastfed infants tend to have higher IQs due to good brain development early in life
  • Babies benefit emotionally, because they are held more
  • Breastfeeding promotes mother-baby bonding
  • In the long term, breastfed babies have a decreased risk of malnutrition, obesity and heart disease compared to formula fed babies.

Advantages of breastfeeding for the mother

  • The baby’s sucking causes a mothers uterus to contract and reduces the flow of blood after delivery
  • During lactation, menstruation ceases, offering a form of contraception
  • Mothers who breastfeed tend to lose weight and achieve their pre-pregnancy figure more easily than mothers who bottle feed
  • Mothers who breastfeed are less likely to develop breast cancer later in life
  • Breastfeeding is more economical than formula feeding
  • There are less trips to the doctor and less money is spent on medications
  • Breastfeeding promotes mother-baby bonding
  • Hormones released during breast-feeding create feelings of warmth and calm in the mother

The decision to breast or formula feed remains your individual choice. However, breast milk is undoubtedly the best nutrition you can give your baby, with added benefits for a mother.

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Using Insecticide treated Nets to Prevent Malaria

The most effective means of preventing malaria is sleeping under a mosquito net, specifically a long-lasting insecticide treated net (LLIN).

Malaria is transmitted by certain mosquitoes when they bite. These mosquitoes bite people to get a blood meal. The malaria parasite then passes from the infected mosquito to the person being bitten. They typically bite between 10 o’clock at night and two in the morning.

Sleeping under a long-lasting insecticide treated net is one of the most important things we can have on our side against mosquito bites. If we protect ourselves by sleeping under long-lasting insecticide treated nets, we have a very good chance of preventing ourselves from contacting malaria.

Long-lasting insecticide treated net acts in two ways:

First, as a simple mechanical barrier that stops the mosquito getting to a person,

Second, as a mechanism for killing the mosquito. When a mosquito lands on a net it picks up insecticide on its legs. That causes ‘knock down’ – the mosquito is killed.

The nets remain effective even when they have holes and tears in them – as it happens in environments in which they are used and over time. The mosquitoes do not do an aerobatic manoeuvre and fly straight through a hole that might be there but land on the net and migrate towards a hole. That allows knock down to occur and means the nets, even with holes, stay 99% effective. However, it is advisable to stitch any holes that might be on the net with a needle and thread.

Together, let’s fight against malaria by using long-lasting insecticide treated nets.

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SW Fund in line to Fight against Cholera

The cholera outbreak in Cameroon, officially declared by the Ministry of Public Health on 15 July 2018, is steadily declining, but the population of the entire nation and South West Region in particular must remain watchful in guarding against the contraction of the disease.

The outbreak initially spread from the North region of the country to the Central and Littoral regions. Although the North and Littoral regions continue to report new suspected cases, the South West Region is still to report a case.

Residents in the South West Region and beyond should be aware about cholera prevention and follow these five basic cholera prevention steps to protect themselves and their family:

1 Drink and use safe water

  • Bottled water with broken seals or water sold in containers and plastics in public places is not safe to drink and use.
  • If boiling, bring your water to a complete boil for at least 1 minute.
  • Always store your treated water in a clean, covered container.

2 Wash your hands often with soap and safe water

  • Before you eat or prepare food.
  • Before feeding your children.
  • After using the latrine or toilet.
  • After cleaning your child’s bottom.
  • After taking care of someone ill with diarrhea.

3 Use latrines or bury your feces; do not defecate in any body of water

  • Use latrines or other sanitation systems
  • Wash hands with soap and safe water after defecating

4 Cook food well (especially seafood), keep it covered, eat it hot, and peel fruits and vegetables

  • Boil it, Cook it, Peel it, or leave it.
  • Avoid raw foods other than fruits and vegetables you have peeled yourself.
  • Be sure to cook shellfish (like crabs and crayfish) until they are very hot all the way through.

    5 Clean up safely—in the kitchen and in places where the family bathes and washes clothes

  • Wash yourself,your children, diapers, and cloth, 30 meters away from drinking water sources.

 


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FOUR HEALTH FACILITIES AND PCC CENTRAL PHARMACY ACCREDITED

In a bid to acknowledge and promote outstanding provision of quality health care in the South West Region, four health facilities and the PCC Central pharmacy have received the PBF accreditation for the first and second quarters of 2018.

The PBF accreditation ceremony took place on Friday, August 3, at the Regional Delegation of Public Health.

The PBF accredited facilities include;

  • Bokova integrated health centre (ICH)
  • Good Samaritan Health Centre (HC)
  • Great Soppo IHC
  • Hope Outreach HC
  • Presbyterian Church in Cameroon (PCC) Central pharmacy

In his address, the Regional Delegate of Public Health Dr. Mbome Njie Victor intimated that PBF strengthens the health system and its core values are efficiency, quality and equity. The Regional Health boss admonished the recipient health facilities to keep up with the quality they have achieved during the last two quarters of 2018.

The representative of the Administrator of the Fund Mr Obi Bertrand outlined some of the outstanding improvements in healthcare provision in the region and Buea in particular and reiterated that the price of good work is more work.

The handing of the symbolic accreditation banners to the outstanding facilities was led by the Regional Delegate with other dignitaries taking turns. The representatives of the health facilities thanked the PBF for recognizing the good quality of care they render and promised to uphold their standards.

All stakeholders including the media were urged to put hands on deck especially during this crisis period to ensure the population continues to have access to healthcare. The Regional Delegate noted that out of Buea, Limbe and Tiko health districts, healthcare access in the other 15 health districts is a huge challenge.

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

The Management of South West Regional Fund for Health Promotion, Buea informs the general public of vacancies in the following positions:

  1. Pharmacist

Profile/Task

  • University degree in Pharmacy.
  • At least 3 years professional experience in the medical supply chain.
  • Experience in Public health relating to Essential Medicines or National Medicines policies.
  • Adequate knowledge of the health map of the South West Region.
  • Good knowledge in basic computer programs (Word, Excel, power point, Adobe and Internet).
  • Professional working proficiency in English and knowledgeable in French language.
  • Has a high level of independence and can work under pressure
  • Responsible for medical procurement which includes forecasting and quantification.
  • Coordinate the operations of a medical warehouse of significant volume and warehouse staff of varied background.
  • Supervision of health unit pharmacies in remote areas within the Region.
  • Prepare percentage satisfaction rate for all orders on a monthly basis as well as the monthly availability of medicines.
  • Partnership and Health Promotion

Profile/Task

 

  • Degree/Advanced diploma in health economics or public health.
  • Proven independence in providing technical assistance on partnership and health promotion.
  • Strong interpersonal, diplomatic and coordination skill
  • Professional working proficiency in English and knowledgeable in French language
  • Excellent communication, analytical and training skills
  • Establish a strategic development and annual plan for the Fund.
  • Develop and ensure resource mobilization strategies.
  • Participate in the planning and monitoring of the activities of dialogue structures and MHOs
  • Ensure periodic assessment of the Fund’s strategic development and annual plan.
  • Collaborate with technical and financial partners, Regional Delegation of Public Health, Health districts and health facilities within the framework of supporting health promotion activities.

 

Application file comprising of:  a hand written application, a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, certified true copy of birth certificate and academic/ professional certificates, medical certificate of fitness and a certificate of non-conviction not more than three (3) months old should be in a sealed envelope addressed to ‘The Administrator of South West Regional Fund for Health Promotion’ and deposited at the Secretariat of the Fund, located at the South West Regional Delegation of Public Health on or before July 20, 2018.

 

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