Rwanda to Roll Out Health Access by 2024

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By Daniel Sabiiti

Woes of patients lining up waiting long hours for treatment at the health centers and hospitals are expected to be resolved by the year 2024.

Rwanda’s Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has said that Rwanda will have full access to health services in the seven year government programme.

The programme which starts with 2017 will focus on three pillars, namely: economic, social and governance, will see construction and equipping of new hospitals, health centers and post health centers.

The facilities enlisted include Masaka, Ruhengeri, Munini, Byumba, Nabikenye, Gatunda, Gatonde and Muhororo hospitals, of the 36 district hospitals and seven referral hospitals.

The government also plans to construction of 17 health centers in sectors which lacked one out of 416 sectors and 150 health posts.

Currently, Rwanda has 1089 general practitioners, specialists 303, 10795 nurses, 752 midwives, and 1543 laboratory technicians but the country spends over $ 1 million in healthcare expenses on cases referred abroad.

During the China Rwanda health forum in March Rwanda’s State Minister of Health Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi said that the country has made almost 100 percent access to primary health care but very little has been done in tertiary health care resulting to the increase in demand for specialized health care and expenses in medical tourism.

Rwanda asked Chinese medical experts for support in the tertiary health especially investment in production of pharmaceutical products and service to attain the secondary level of health care access.

The Premier told parliament that all Rwandan will have access to health care with skills development for medics and medical staff and building pharmaceutical plants and conduct research in treatment.

“With the help of the private sector investments, excellence centers of treatment will be established to treat non-communicable disease which are expensive to treat” Ngirente said.

In this plan the government intends to reduce the ratio on patient to doctor from 10,055 per doctor to 7,000 per one doctor and ratio of patient per nurse to reduce 1142/ nurse to 800, and from 2500 expectant mothers per midwife from 4,037.

Maternal deaths are set to decrease to 126/1000 from 710/1000 annually, on top of reducing child mortality and increasing number of women giving birth over 90pecernt.

The Prime minister also said that eradicating malnutrition with strategy of fight all sought of poor feeding at the village level

“Nutrition programs will be conducted and be consolidated at village level and every child will continue to get milk in schools, while continuing with the 1000 days breastfeeding and nutrition campaign for maternal support” Ngirente said.

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