Samuel Eto’o Fils, former indomitable lions’ captain and football legend, has constructed and equipped a pediatric centre at Douala Laquintinie hospital.
The project worth 700 million F CFA is Eto’o’s way of reducing the rate of infant mortality as well as childbirth related complications for women. It stems from the Samuel Eto’o foundation and has been dubbed “Pavilion Samuel Eto’o”.
During the inauguration ceremony on May 8, Samuel Eto’o said it is important for people to make such contributions so that future mothers have a place where they can receive medical care.
Mama Fouda, Cameroon’s minister of public health for his part, expressed gratitude for the legendary act. “We are saying thank you. It is a very vital move,” he said.
The centre, which is intended to offer hospitality to the paediatric department of the hospital, has several resuscitation rooms. It has a capacity of 48 beds, which now gives a total of 148 beds in the pediatric department of the hospital. The building is also equipped with a number of specific equipment such as ultrasound and radiant tables.
Samuel Eto’o equally use the centre’s inauguration ceremony to announce his plans to build a school in Cameroon’s northern region. A project which he says is facilitated by foreign donors.
Eto’o remains one of the greatest footballers in Africa and Cameroon, with four African Footballer of the Year Awards, three La Liga titles, two African Cup of Nations, and much more. He has more African goals than any other African player.
His humanitarian acts towards the nation pundits say, confirms his commitment to the emergence of the country.