Nkwen District Hospital refurbished, introduces ramps for PWDs

By Burinyuy A.

The Nkwen District Hospital (formerly PMI) has been refurbished. The refurbishment according to the Chairperson of the Board of Directors o the health facility follows the recent upgrading of the facility to a district hospital. According to Mayor Fongu Cletus Tanwe, the board chair, paying attention to the inclusive nature of the facility during the refurbishment was important. 
The major innovation during the refurbishment was the construction of ramps to improve access to the hospital’s services by persons with disabilities (PWDs). 
“The Bamenda III Council is an inclusive council and as far as the Nkwen District Hospital is concerned, we already took a board decision that people living with disability who can proof their condition, their bills are cut down by 50%... And we hope to replicate in other facilities because this is the maiden phase.” Fongu said
With several ramps facilitating access to all the buildings in the facility, the Chief of Post, Dr Ngum Joel Mbigha, notes that since the facility was upgraded from a health center to a district hospital, there has been a huge increase in the number of patients including PWDs who come for care hence the need to improve on the inclusive nature of the hospital to all service areas including rest rooms. 

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