Douala : Ad Lucem Receives New Equipment

The Ad Lucem Medical Foundation in Cameroon on Thursday May 23rd received a new consignment of equipment from its foreign partners in a ceremony at its premises in Bonamoussadi presided over by the Senior Divisional Officer for Wouri. Speaking during the ceremony, the General Administrator of Ad Lucem, Dr Bidjogo Atangana, said the equipment is going to enable them complete their technical platform in preparation for the universal health coverage to be instituted in Cameroon. He said the universal health coverage will demand technical and human resources to enable the staff take care of patients in Cameroon. He said the Ad Lucem hospitals are for the poor and that patients have to be treated with kindness. He said Ad Lucem will always treat patients first before asking for payment, “Life before money” he said.

Other orators during the event included the General Manager of Denk Pharma, Ad Lucem’s partner in the provision of drugs and medical equipment who said the pharmaceutical company provides products which are of the same quality as in Germany. Prior to them, the board chair of Ad Lucem, Tefak Madeleine said this is the second consignment of gifts received from their foreign partners within a period of five months which depicts the confidence the partners have in the foundation. She expressed the wish to see Ad Lucem serve as a laboratory of living together in Cameroon. Representing the SDO, the first assistant, Jean Philippe Ngo Mebe said health is one of the major objectives of Cameroon’s drive towards emergence. He urged the staff of Ad Lucem to use the equipment to maintain their reputation in saving lives through the humane treatment of patients. 

There were other speeches from the representative of the donors notably the French Raoul Follereau Foundation and the Louis Paul Aujoulat Foundation through which the donations were channeled.

The equipment worth FCFA 100 million comprise an ambulance, dentistry equipment, 100 medicalized beds, 190 matrasses, 60 reception chairs, one incubator, consultation tables, echography, wheel chairs, patient monitors, radiographic equipment, operation tables, anesthetic equipment, radiology equipment among many other things. The equipment will be distributed in priority to Ad Lucem hospitals and some mission and government hospitals in the Centre and South Regions. The next consignment will be distributed to hospitals in the West and North West Regions.

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