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COVID-19 Vaccination Center Open!

The prevalence of the novel corona virus pandemic in Cameroon has been a rising concern to many who do all humanly possible to stay safe from being infected with this virus. The wearing of facemask, washing of hands regularly, use of sanitizers and keeping social distancing have been the current practice to minimize the infection rate of COVID-19.

According to health care practitioners, these safety measures so far have proven fruitful since the emergence of the virus. The introduction of COVID -19 Vaccines is another major method to prevent the spread of the virus.  It is in this light that the Biaka University Institute of Buea teaching hospital (St Veronica Polyclinic) commonly known as Biaka Hospital, on Tuesday 10th of August 2021, launched the COVID-19 vaccination center charged with the responsibility to freely vaccinate at least seven persons daily . This center which currently has in stock the Astrazeneca COVID Vaccine and Sinopharm COVID Vaccine is headed by the director of the hospital- Dr. Fon Tita who has been practicing as medical Doctor for over twenty years.

Those eligible for these vaccines should be at least 18 years and above. Before vaccination, recipients are schooled on the different types of vaccines available and the number of doses required to complete the process.

It should be noted that just like any other vaccine, the COVID-19 Vaccine would have sight effects on some recipients including minor headache, fever etc which lasts for few hours. Nevertheless, health experts emphasize the need to visit a medical center if sight effects are severe.

Opening this COVID – 19 vaccination center, six persons received the vaccine including the Director himself Dr. Fon Tita, who took the first shot. The St. Veronica Polyclinic is open for COVID-19  Vaccination every day from 8.am to 4pm.

BUIB begins first semester exams

Under graduate students from Biaka University institute of Buea have begun their first semester examinations for the 2020/2021 academic year. More than 2000 students from the School of Management Sciences and the School Of Health Sciences are taking part in the end of semester examination under strict COVID-19 measures According to the head of exams Mr Mungosi Leonard, the exams this year will take longer than expected due to COVID-19 measures put in place to accommodate the number of students. The exams officially started on the 9th of February 2021 and are expected to end on the 2nd of March 2021 for the undergraduate programs. Meanwhile, post graduate students are expected to begin their exams on March 9th 2021

According to Ngu Belavia, first year Accounting student in the school of  Management Sciences, university exams are quite different from high school and she says she feels less pressured ‘‘It’s really different with the University” she said ”I attempted all questions. The management of BUIB wishes her students good luck.

BUIB: Maiden Defense at the School Of Management Sciences

The School of Management Sciences of Biaka University Institute of Buea has witnessed the academic defense of their first badge of Masters Students (Masters of Science MSc.). The main purpose of the thesis defense was to make sure that the students actually understand their field and focus area.

This maiden exercise in the School Of Management Sciences saw a total of 9 students – 3 from Health Care management and 6 from logistics and supply chain management. These students have been found worthy for consumption by not only the national market, but the international market as well.

According to the Head of Department for the School Of Management Sciences Dr. Mbinkar Benard, , this is a significant achievement for the school as this shows proof of  their competencies and also that they have met with the standards set by the Ministry Of Higher Education to ensure quality education at all levels.

Members of defense panel
Members of defense panel

It is worth noting that the academic works of these nine students have been accepted for publication and these students have fulfilled the requirements for graduation.

Present at the defense amongst other examiners was the Dean of the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences of the University of Buea (BUIB’s Mentor University) Professor Yenshu Emmanuel and the Vice Dean in charge of Academic Planning at the University of Buea Professor Nsagah Dickson.

The defense which took place this November 2020, also saw the participation of some family members of the students.

The School of Management Sciences of BUIB it should be noted started its masters programs in 2018.

BUIB Board of Trustees Adopts Plan for 2020/2021.

The 2020/2021 plan of action for Biaka University Institute of Buea has been approved. This acceptance was during the 2020/2021 first Board of Trustees meeting which took place on Saturday November 28th at the conference hall of BUIB aimed at mapping a way forward for the institution as it takes on the new academic year.

The Board Chair and Vice Chancellor Dr. Mrs Francisca Hongla Biaka while thanking board members for their commitment in ensuring the sustainability of the complex, presented the increase in the number of students as a key area to be looked into by the board to ensure that the provision of quality services is not being compromised with the increasing number of students.

Focusing on the provision of quality services to students, the management presented the construction of three amphitheaters with a hosting capacity of 336 students each, as one of the key activities ongoing to host the rising population of BUIB. The team together visited the construction site which some 40.07% of construction work has been achieved. The amphitheaters projected to be completed by February 2021 would host about 1,008 students taking into consideration the aspect of maintaining social distances due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Members of BUIB Baord of Trustees visit construction site of new student halls
Members of BUIB Baord of Trustees visit construction site of new student halls

These classrooms are put in place to add to existing classrooms to host a population of about 2,202 students.

In addition to classrooms, the board approved the budget for the 2020/2021 school year which will cater for issues of increasing number of lecturers and other amenities for the smooth running of the year.

The session also served as a forum during which members congratulated the management body on the ground on the level of professionalism exercised in the execution of projects. They also lauded the University for its Brilliant Performance as best private higher institution at the 2020 Higher National Diploma Examination – HND with a score of 99.62% as rated by the Ministry of Higher Education.

Board members expressed satisfaction with the functioning of the institution and pledged their continuous support for the success of BUIB in particular and the St Veronica Medical Complex in general.