Teachers drawn from the Ministries of Basic and Secondary Education in Yaoundé are have begun receiving free screening on cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and other medical advices on how to live a healthy life style.
The screening exercise which started today, Tuesday, October 2, 2018 is expected to run for two days. The exercise is taking place at the conference room of the Ministry of Basic Education where over 100 teachers are being attended to by different health workers.
The screening exercise is in prelude to the World Teachers’ Day to be celebrated on October 5, 2018. In this light, teachers nationwide are expected to converge on their various ceremonial grounds to mark the event. The celebration is also expected to accord the teachers, who are the foremost nation builders the opportunity to outline the difficulties plaguing the sector in Cameroon and hampering the teaching-learning process.
Meanwhile, commenting on the health initiative, the Secretary General at the Ministry of Basic Education, Ebune Tikum Paul, appreciated the great initiative taken by the Minister of Secondary Education, Dr. Pauline Nalova Lyonga Egbe.
According to him, “teachers all over Cameroon will benefit from this great health initiative. it will also go a long way in ensuring the health situation of teachers. Teachers through this screening will be able to know their health situation and thus better manage their health problems,” he said.
To the teachers who have health challenges, he said, they will be put on serious health check and will be relieved of some duties. “A sick person cannot be effective and efficient in class.”
The teachers will not only benefit from free health screening, but will also be offered medical advice on how to prevent cardiovascular disease, other related diseases and health hazards that can hamper their effectiveness and efficiency in carrying out their duties.
Meanwhile, speaking to reporters, one of the teachers said even though teachers are the backbone of every emerging economy, their situation in Cameroon, especially in the Basic Education sector is precarious. He said they are not well paid, this explains why most of them cannot afford basic healthcare services.
He, however, thanked the Minister for the free health screening and prayed that such initiative would continue.
During the event, teachers in the two Anglophone Regions of the North West and South West recounted their ordeals to the Ministers, stating that the instability in two Regions have made their job a nightmare.
They said most of them brave the odds to teach the few pupils and students who show up, even though they are not covered by insurance.
They appealed to the powers that be to extend the free screening of teachers to other Regions of Cameroon like the Far North, North West and South West Regions and not limit it only to the Centre and other privileged Regions.