The blue skies and bright sun-shine that characterised the capital city last Tuesday morning ushered in the magnificent structure hosting the Yaounde Emergency Center, in the heart of the metropolis. The two-storey architectural jewel whose charm and splendour was unveiled by the Prime Minister, Head of government, Philemon Yang, during the inaugural ceremony, has been constructed to the tune of FCFA 3.3 billion by the Republic of Korea (60 per cent) and the government of Cameroon (40 per cent).
The Yaounde Emergency Center with a capacity of 50 beds covers a surface area of 2,200m2 with ultra-modern equipment. The Center that caters for emergency cases consists of reception hall, cash desk, two laboratories, imagery room, sterilisation hall, two intensive treatment halls, two surgical rooms, reanimation room, a pharmacy, waiting room, conference hall, administrative offices, two ambulances, parking lot amongst others.[bha size=’620×203′ variation=’01’ align=’none’]
The building, whose foundation stone was laid on February 18, 2012 by the Prime Minister, went operational on June 23, 2015 pending official inauguration on August 18, 2015. The Center according to Minister André Mama Fouda of Public Health, is dedicated to saving lives thus, treatment of emergency case patients takes precedence before hospital bills are settled by the family. The architectural jewel as described by the Public Health boss, with the last-generation technological equipment must be jealously handled.
The medical facility, the first of its kind in Central Africa, is fruits of the dynamic cooperation between Cameroon and the Republic of Korea through the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). Ambassador Lim Jae-Hoon said the structure comes within the framework of development cooperation with the objective of improving healthcare.