No society is stagnant, absolutely none. Across the globe most innovations and inventions are youth-driven, and it makes sense for to be otherwise is, at best, to ensure the eventual obsoleteness and, at worst, the extinction of present structures and operational frameworks. Whenever and wherever they have been given a chance to showcase their talents and supported by older, intelligent and motivational mentors, young people have almost always satisfactorily delivered; even when the challenges sometimes seemed insurmountable.
Cameroon's lone power supply company AES Sonel has donated FCFA 3.5 million to the Shisong Cardiac Centre. The donation was made during a triple celebration in Shisong Kumbo on November 17 to pay homage to the patron saint of Shisong General Hospital, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, and celebrate the 10th anniversary of a fruitful partnership between the Shisong Catholic Hospital and her Italian partners, which led to the birth of the first Cardiac centre in West and Central Africa.
Catholics are praying for the dead this November. Amid growing opposition from some non Catholics that praying for the dead is a waste of time as there is no redemption in the grave, the Catholic Church’s resolve praying for the suffering Souls in purgatory has not weakened. Driven on by Biblical and doctrinal sound judgment, and not by denominational obstinacy, the Catholic Church encourages her Christians to continue praying for the faithful departed. She also believes that human dignity does not cease with death and so corpses should be treated with respect.
Souls of faithful Christians, who do not die in the state of grace, go through a process of purification in purgatory. This gives the other Christians alive the privilege and duty of assisting in this cleansing with their prayers so that their dead companions can get to heaven. It is the greatest charity we can perform for the dead.
The suspicion between the public and mortuary attendants is illustrated in a recent standoff between some villagers and one of their illustrious daughters who returned from Europe and, thinking for her people, decided to construct a mortuary to alleviate their suffering as people from her village have to travel a long distance to preserve the bodies of their deceased loved relations in mortuaries in a town closest to their village.
In Cameroon, like in most, if not all African countries, there is an enormous social pressure surrounding burials. It is no longer to honour the memory of the dead, but rather to showcase who can organise the most elaborate funeral to satisfy mourners.
Clotilda Binwi: Bamenda Justice and Peace Commission Corpses are poorly treated in our mortuaries even in places with good facilities. Corpses are inhumanely conserved, poorly manipulated and not given any respect at all. Even mortuary attendants sometimes ask for extra money or bribe from bereaved family members for their corpses to be put in the mortuary and if the money is not given they just throw the corpses anywhere in the mortuary. Most of our mortuary attendants need to undergo proper training and take refresher courses from time to time. In addition, hospital authorities should carry out periodic and impromptu controls to ensure that corpses are properly treated, cared for and identified to prevent corpses from being confused or missing.
The Bamenda office of the Bible Society of Cameroon that accommodates the North West and West Regions has been inaugurated. The inauguration ceremony on November 3 brought together Christians and church leaders from the Catholic, protestant and Pentecostal denominations.
The North West Diabetes Association branch president, Peter Sama Saleh, has asked for free treatment for diabetics in Cameroon. He made the request on November 14 in Bamenda during activities that marked the 2012 World Diabetes Day.