Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Nyaruguru district gets Rwf8 Billion for new hospital

Nyaruguru district gets Rwf8 Billion for new hospital

Residents of Nyaruguru district and its neighboring districts of Gisagara, Nyamagabe and Huye will soon be able to access quality health care once a new health facility is constructed in the southern province.

Munini hospital will be constructed in a period of three years courtesy of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED), who sealed the financing agreement (US$ 12.7 million (approximately Rwf8.5 Billion) with the Government of Rwanda on November 12.

The project will see the health facility get 300 beds, supply of medical and auxiliary equipment and the consultancy services for design, supervision of construction and procurement.

The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Claver Gatete, who signed the agreement on behalf of Rwandan government said that the  construction of the Munini hospital would not only bring closer quality health services to Nyaruguru sector but also provide employment opportunities to nurses and doctors.

This project will boost to the government of Rwanda’s initiative of propelling development in Nyaruguru district- which was highlighted among rural districts that have lagged behind in development.

President Paul Kagame has tasked his government to priotise its efforts in enabling Nyaruguru residents to access clean water electricity and education among others. Recently developments in the district have seen power lines installed, roads constructed among others.

The population of Nyaruguru is district is 304,000 and about 57.5 percent are aged 19 years or younger. More than a half (53 percent) of the population is composed of females and the majority is young, with about 83 percent still under 40 years of age.

Less than forty percent (38.4 percent) of the population in Nyaruguru district is identified as non-poor; 35.4 percent are extremely poor and 26.2 percent poor (excluding extreme-poor).

Compared to other districts in Rwanda, Nyaruguru district ranks fourth by percentage of population identified as poor or extremely poor.

Abdulwahab Ahmed Al-Bader, the Director General of Kuwait Fund acknowledged the existing cooperation between the financial institution and Rwanda saying that the people of Rwanda will stand to benefit from this partnership.

Kuwait Fund supports several projects in Rwanda including the concluded US$ 10 million Rehabilitated Ngororero-Mukamira Road project, expansion and rehabilitation of the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Center, with financing amounting to approximately US$ 14.2 million.

This is an ongoing project that aims to boost Rwanda’s efforts in developing Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET).

The fund is also financing Construction of Rubengera-Gisiza Road, Lot 6 of the Kivu Belt multinational road, with financing approximating to US$ 14.4 million. It is an ongoing project which upon completion will boost trade and tourism along the belt.

Nyaruguru district gets Rwf8 Billion for new hospital


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