The Director of Health Services of the Cameroon Baptist Convention CBC has presented alcohol misuse and tobacco use as risk factors that lead to the ever increasing rate of Non Communicable Diseases NCDs in society.
Prof Tih Pius Muffih was speaking in Bamenda Thursday September 13 during the launching of the Physical Exercise Program of the CBC Health Services Central administration.
Family picture at the close of the Physical Exercise Program Launch at the Nkwen Baptist Center

“We are using Physical Exercise as a window of opportunity to talk about the rest of the risk factors such as alcohol misuse, tobacco use and unhealthy diets. This is within the context of the upcoming 3rd UN High Level Meeting on NCDs, set to review progress since the world came to an understanding of the risen threat of NCDs.” He said

Being a Faith base organization, the Director provided biblical evidence and justified the need for Physical Exercise saying “Through this event, our major focus is to raise awareness that Physical Exercise is important for health both for the sick and especially for the healthy. As important as our spiritual lives are, God has done a wonderful thing in showing us that physical exercise is important. As recorded in 1 Timothy 4:8, God created work and assigned us to work, even before the fall. God’s initial assignment to Adam was to till the soil and cultivate it. In doing so, Adam was going to be exercising and hence putting into motion, a form of disease prevention.”  

Mindful of the current changes due to technology and globalization that has made many prone to trading their health because of the easy and fastest means of living, working, playing and recreation, Prof Tih expressed the need for all to intentionally, create individual opportunities and as a community to practice physical exercise.

“The CBC Health Services is launching this exercise program, as a way of setting an example so that other organizations and companies with staff can adopt similar work place health programs. We also invite the community in like manner, to adopt Physical Exercise and avoid sedentary lifestyles.” He added. 

Announcing CBC Health Services’ readiness for collaboration Prof Tih said “The CBC Health Services NCD Prevention and Control Program has networked widely including at national and international levels and gained expertise within the past two years and are ready to provide such support as is needed to establish services and interventions that will mitigate the problem of NCDs in our region. Without such multi-sectoral collaboration, it is IMPOSSIBLE to handle the burden of NCDs, including the economic burden which is worse for a growing economy.”

Speaking on behalf of the authorities of the CBC, the Administrative Assistant to the Executive President described the Physical Exercise Program as a pacesetter and as a call to order on health matters which comes as part of the mission of the Convention. According to the Rev Ngalla Godlove, the holistic proclamation of the Gospel which is central to CBC activities needs healthy people. He promised that the Convention leadership will provide an enabling environment in all her institutions for Physical activities. 

After an elaborate presentation NCDs, it’s causes and effects during the launching event, the Program Manager disclosed that so far the program has started the know your numbers program which encourages people to once every six months to check their vital signs which is happening in seven health facilities in seven districts in five regions of Cameroon. Mbiydzenyuy Ferdinand also added the intentional strengthening of CBC diabetes services, advocacy reaching out to community leaders and the Ministry of health for collaboration in search for policy that can allow for the reinforcement of NCDs in Cameroon.  

As to the activities of the program in the coming days the Project Manager says “The CBCHS will be representing civil society in Cameroon at the UN High level meeting from the 27th of September in New York…we will continue with the physical exercise program as an organization every Friday …. We want to intentionally put one hour every week for the staff to come together and do physical exercise. We will also continue to raise awareness in the community bout NCDs through our health facilities and our committed staff in the field.” 

According to available statistics, Non Communicable Diseases are responsible for 70% of deaths globally and 31% of annual deaths in Cameroon and rising.
As a demonstration of commitment and collaboration According to CBCHS authorities, the Government was represented by the Regional Delegation of Sports and Physical Education through the Chief Service for Physical Exercises and the Regional Delegation of Public Health represented by the Focal point person for NCDs.

Derick BAKAH

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