The international humanitarian organization, Mercy Ships, has donated equipment worth 80 million FCFA (about US$160,000) to the Cameroon government.
The equipment is intended to be used by health personnel involved in the COVID-19 fight.
The equipment was handed over to Dr Manaouda Malachie, the Minister of Public Health on Friday, May 7, by Dr Phanuel Habimana, the Resident Representative of the World Health Organization in Cameroon.
According to sources in the Ministry of Public Health, Mercy Ships has since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Africa last year, put in place the “Stop COVID-19 in Africa” initiative which aimed at providing individual protective equipment to health personnel, who are the frontline actors.
Cameroon is not the only country that has received aid from Mercy Ships as other nations such as Benin, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo have also benefited from the largesse of the NGO.
Mercy Ships undertook its first humanitarian mission in Cameroon from August 2017 to June 2018.
During the said mission, about 3000 surgical operations were realised and more than 20,000 dental interventions were undertaken.
The NGO also helped in reinforcing the capacities of more than 1000 health personnel in the country.
Mercy Ships also renovated the Laquintine Hospital in Douala during the mission.
The humanitarian NGO says it deploys its hospital ships around the world with the main aim of offering free surgery, which in most cases is beyond their means, to the less privileged.
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