Friday, 25 October 2013

Buoyed by four new health centres, Kigali looks to quality healthcare


Kanyinya health centre in Nyarugenge District on Thursday.

Four health centres recently  constructed in the three districts of the City of Kigali will help increase access to health care.

The health centers, Remera in Gasabo District, Gatenga in Kicukiro District, Kanyinya and Mageragere both in Nyarugenge District, were constructed at the tune of Rwf13.6 billion.

The Mayor of the City of Kigali, Fidele Ndayisaba, together with the Ambassador of Belgium to Rwanda, Marc Pecsteen, officially inaugurated the facilities on Thursday. Belgium funded the construction of the facilities.

Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health said the four health centres have the capacity to serve up to 300,000 people all together.

“Because of their size and quality of equipment, these health centres have the capacity to deliver services that were previously only accessible at major hospitals. Each of the four health centres has 10 beds in the maternity ward  and 18 beds in the general ward,” Ndagijimana said.

He called upon district leaders to take charge in proper maintenance of health centres.

Ndayisaba noted that while there is significant success in the country’s health sector, no one should ignore the fact that urbanisation presents serious health challenges globally.

“Urban population growth comes with high risks of disease outbreak, non-communicable diseases and related risks all leading to increased demand for basic health need,” he said.

“Life is expensive. When life is gone, it can’t come back because it has no second chance. I urge the people of Kigali to eat healthy and keep their lives in good health, we have enough fruits and vegetables,” said Ndayisaba.

According to Ambassador Pecsteen, the cooperation between Belgium and Rwanda has brought to fruition concrete actions towards responding to health needs of the ever increasing urban population.

Buoyed by four new health centres, Kigali looks to quality healthcare


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