Work is almost complete at the Sangmelima Regional Hospital, SRH, in the Dja and Lobo Division of the South Region. Construction on the six-hectare land in the forest of Bitom neighbourhood was launched on December 13, 2007, and was due 18 months. As time elapsed, nothing seemed to be happening. The wait became longer, with tempers flaring.
Misunderstanding stole the show, with accusations and counter accusations between the contractors and the construction committee. But the Minister of Public Health and the contractor, Bati Service/HILD International, remained steadfast. The initial FCFA 4 billion project gradually consumed about FCFA 20 billion as the contract timeframe kept expanding.
There is no gainsaying that the Category 2 hospital prides itself as the most equipped in the country. The eye that sees will testify. Glossy are the walls, and so is the inside. The outstanding structure hosting the Sangmelima Referral Hospital, SRH, in the hitherto forest-like village of Bitom, some 3.5 km from the town of Sangmelima in the Dja and Lobo Division of the South Region, is more of an architectural jewel.
Primo is the medical laboratory. The testing and observatory medical laboratory rooms are crowd-pulling, with technicians waiting to explore 21st Century equipment. Mr. Njoya has worked in almost all hospitals in Yaoundé. He admits that he could not resist picking up a job with SRH after seeing the equipment the hospital boasts. Being among pioneer laboratory technicians in the country, his dream has come true. The dermatology, immune serology, anatomy, diagnostics selection, equipment lavatory, biochemistry and cold rooms of the laboratory have irresistible third generation working tools.
This is because with narrow slice widths, a wider total collimation can be used. The dark room of the imagery service is full of new technology, prominent among which are third generation echography and panoramic dental machines. The one unit for all digital radiography/fluoroscopy needs, the Juno DRF commonly referred to as the 2-in-1, is in no other hospital in the Central Africa sub-region, going by information garnered at the SRH. However, the hospital is proud to have this latest technology that increases room utilisation with its dual imaging mode and unique open access design. Thanks to this machine, patients can have X-rays carried out on their skulls, thorax/chests, abdomen, spine, pelvis, upper/lower abdomens and tomography. Imagery service technician, Patrick Noah, holds that Juno DRF is a remote-controlled flat detector system which facilitates clinical flexibility, patient comfort and increases work performance.
Technology has made things easy and staff of the surgery ward are proud to have some of the latest telemedicine surgery machines. Hospitalization rooms have been made comfortable with alarm bells ready to alert nurses in case of need. Meanwhile, the neonatal section has been beefed up with sophisticated incubating machines for suffering babies alongside room purifying Dop Air equipment for safe environment.