As part of its nationwide contribution to the fight against the COVID-19 in Cameroon, the NDES FOUNDATION on the 30th of April 2020 handed over a donation of 500 face masks to the Director of the Regional Hospital Bamenda. The handing over ceremony which took place in the office of the Director of the Hospital, Dr. Denis Nsame, was one which was highly welcomed by the entire medical and administrative staff of the Regional Hospital. In attendance was the General Supervisor of Social Action Services, the Stores Accountant of the Hospital as well as the Chaplain who blessed the donations.
The donations come at a time when the Regional Hospital Bamenda just started witnessing increasing cases of COVID-19 in the hospital. As the Director stressed, face masks were in short supply and many medical personnel were hesitant to attend to patients not wearing masks. The masks were thus allocated to be distributed for free to the needy and underprivileged patients who could not afford such high-quality reusable masks. As always, the Secretary General of the foundation Ngasa Pride Yanu who led the team of volunteers to the hospitals was quick to salut the hospital for the incredible work they were doing at the frontline of the COVID-19 fight and expressed the wish of the Foundation’s President Stanley Enyih to establish a long term relationship with the hospital for the benefit of underprivileged patients.
This activity was made possible thanks to micro grants received from international donors such as The Pollination Project and Global Giving who were glad to extend their financial support to the NDES FOUNDATION to flatten the COVID-19 curve in Cameroon. The donations in Bamenda were just part of the nationwide distribution that included a total of 2 000 masks distributed to the regional hospital of Buea, the district hospital of Mbengwi, churches, senior citizens homes and IDP communities in the Littoral region as well as some local councils in the West and Adamawa regions of Cameroon.
In just under a year of existing, the foundation has already made great impact in the lives of the sick and patients from underprivileged backgrounds in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon. We can only hope for even more impactful activities in the future from the foundation.