LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Supplies Over Seas sent over 11,000 pounds of medical supplies and equipment to Cameroon on Tuesday.
The 40-foot ocean going container valued at approx. $175,000 is bound for Fultang’s Foundation Hospital in the city of Nkongsamba.
The project was initiated by Dr. Mercy Fultang, a Cameroon-born physician now living in Frisco, Texas. Fultang, with the help of other family members, has been working to help supply critically-needed medical supplies and equipment to her former home of Nkongsamba.
“I went to medical school here in the United States and now am fortunate to practice medicine here as well," Fultang said in a press release. " I am so thankful to be able to send health and hope to my hometown of Nkongsamba.”
Nkongsamba is a city in western Cameroon with a population of over 100,000. Fultang’s Foundation Hospital will serve the entire city area, as well as surrounding regions. Many of the common illnesses include vascular disease, diabetes, malaria and other general health afflictions. It is estimated that the hospital will serve over one million people in the coming years.
“Supplies Over Seas is so thankful to our hospital partners for donating their surplus equipment pieces. Included on this container is a high-demand infant warmer donated by University of Louisville Hospital,” Supplies Over Seas President & CEO Denise Sears said in a press release.
Other equipment pieces include an anesthesia machine, hospital room furniture, exam room equipment and other general equipment pieces.