Currently situated on the gentle slopes of Mt. Cameroon with a lush and beautiful campus, our centre was founded in 1982 by Dr Lawrence F. Tonye Biaka (Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist) with the objective of providing health care services to fellow Cameroonians. It started as a small surgery, then grew to the St. Veronica Polyclinic that provided obstetrical/gynaecological, paediatric and general medical services. With further reflection motivated by his desire to impact the health of Cameroonians in a much broader way, Dr. Biaka expanded into education of nurses in 1998. Today, the centre boasts of the St. Veronica Polyclinic; the St. Francis School of Nursing and Midwifery; the St. Francis Higher Institute of Nursing and Midwifery and the St. Francis Advanced School of Health Sciences. These schools together provide high quality education for nurses, midwives, medical laboratory scientists, medical secretaries, geriatric nurses, medical sales representatives, just to cite a few. We have become the leading provider of health professions education in Cameroon (with accreditation from all the relevant ministries i.e. Higher Education, Public Health and Employment and Vocational Training) and are still expanding.
The complex is managed by a team of competent professionals with Dr. Biaka as Founder/Medical Director at the top and assisted by the Administrator in the person of my humble self. Our schools each have separate administrative heads who independently answer directly to the Administrator and the Founder. However, the complex operates like your typical university with different schools but sharing common resources including human and material. We are working with some of the best and brightest minds in health professions education and practice both nationally and internationally to continue to ensure that we have a people healthy in mind, body and spirit; and consequently a healthy nation.
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