On Sunday March 22 the Bishop of Kumbo George Nkuo concelebrated Thanksgiving Mass with Archbishop Cornelius Fontem Esua at Njinikom for the newly built ultra modern maternity wing of the Catholic Hospital in Njinikom.
In his homily, Mgr Esua praised the Franciscan Sisters for their relentless efforts in the healing ministry, which he said is also part of evangelization.After Mass the Archbishop and the SDO for Boyo jointly cut the ribbon to formally open the doors of the new maternity wing. The ceremony included blessing the new structure, with His Grace performing the blessing rites on the ground floor that will serve as the maternity wing and Bishop George Nkuo blessing the first floor that will host the surgical ward. Some 22 workers of the hospital also received labour medals for long service, dedication to duty and hard work.
The hospital Matron Rev Sr Xaveria Nteinmusi expressed gratitude to three principal donors to the new project. They are the Holland Nursing Foundation, Titia Foundation and Holland Help Worldwide. She, however, said these were not all but that some others preferred to remain anonymous although they too contributed enormously to the new wing.
Present were some representatives of the donor organizations, to whom the contractor, Cyprian Wirsiy gave the keys of the new wing and who in turn handed them to the Matron. While handing over the keys, the representative said they only Thank You they required from the matron, the staff and the people was for them to put the building to good use, and promised that there will be special gifts for the first children to be delivered at the new maternity wing.
As if he had been waiting for a motive, little William Ankinimbom decided to see if the promise was true or not and came to the world that same evening and is now on the hospital record as the first child to be born in the new wing. L’Effort is however confident that he shall receive his prize if he has not done so yet. The following morning little Beatrice and Peter were jointly born and may stake a claim as the first twins, to be born at the new unit.