Yaounde (National Times)-The Presbyterian Church in Cameroon (PCC) and its partner, the German Medical Institute have instituted a 50 percent reduction in the prices of drugs to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of the lingering crisis in the North West and South West Regions of the country.
According to the Health Services Secretary of the PCC, Atoh Derek Suh, the gesture would run from mid-April to mid-September 2019. The benefit is limited to the Nsimeyong health center in Yaoundé and the Presbyterian Health Centre Mankon Bamenda.
The offer covers 50% of drug purchased by IDPs, facilities and covers some of the most common diseases and infections including malaria, typhoid, fever and wounds.
However, the offer would not cover consultation fee as well as laboratory tests and admission related bills. No reason was advanced by the Church for the choice of these two health centres in Yaoundé and Bamenda given that there are thousands of IDPs in places like Kumba, Buea, Limbe, Douala, Bafoussam, areas wherein the Church operates health centres and some major hospitals.
It is not the first time the PCC is extending a helping hand to IDPs. Most of its congregations are currently taking care of thousands of IDPs especially in Yaoundé, Kumba, Bamenda, Douala and Bafoussam.
The PCC has been seriously hit by the war with a good number of its churches and schools closed or burnt. At least one Pastor of the Church has also been shot dead. Last year, the military also shot and killed one of its Teachers posted to CPC Bali.