The Centre Pasteur du Cameroun (CPC) has inaugurated a new research department to advance its activities. According to available information, the new lab, which is the fruit of a deal between Cameroon and France, will focus on monitoring health risks related to water, food and the environment.
The project cost a total of CFA735 million, including the construction phase and the acquisition of equipment, we learned. “This new department will strengthen the capacity of our center. It will help us better ensure that agribusinesses, hotels and restaurants, construction and public works companies, small businesses and even private individuals offer their beneficiaries or customers safe products for consumption," said CPC MD Dr. Mirdad Kazanji.
Cameroonian health authorities believe this water, food, and environmental analysis laboratory is a response to the current challenges in the country, especially with the cholera epidemic, which has already caused the death of over 400 people since October 2021. "It is a step forward in the promotion of health in our country (...) The completion of this project provides populations and companies with a tool that meets international standards for monitoring the quality of food products made available for consumption," explained the Secretary General of the Ministry of Public Health (Minsanté), Pr Louis Richard Njock.
Let’s note the lab has international accreditation, enabling manufacturers to export products that meet international sanitary and phytosanitary requirements.