Bamenda – Mezam Division, North-West, Cameroon — On February 6, 2022, the Mbingo Baptist Hospital held a dedication ceremony to officially receive the completed hydroelectric power plant and oxygen production facility partially sponsored by the U.S. government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
USAID issued two grants valued at 560 million XAF ($967,272) to support this infrastructure development program for Mbingo Baptist Hospital. The hydroelectric plant is a 350 kVa power electrical generation system that utilizes the elevation of the escarpment in the area behind the hospital and abundant water availability from nearby streams to generate electricity. The central oxygen system generates a continuous flow of 95% oxygen which is distributed throughout the hospital, including to the intensive care area, surgical theaters, maternity, and patient wards.
During the dedication ceremony, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Mary Daschbach, thanked Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services and Mbingo Baptist Hospital for their partnership on this important project, “which will boost the hospital’s capacity to provide routine quality health services and respond to large scale public health emergencies.” Since 2010, the United States has invested over $600 million to strengthen Cameroon’s capacity to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria, and other diseases, including COVID-19. As part of the investments, the U.S. government has donated more than 790,000 COVID-19 vaccines to Cameroon.
USAID will continue to support Cameroon’s health sector.
For more information on USAID’s activities in Cameroon, visit: https://www.usaid.gov/cameroon