Rwanda needs more Gynecologists to reduce maternal deaths

By Elias Hakizimana

Currently, Rwanda has 50 gynecologists who care for thousands of pregnant women, a figure that experts say implies a shortage of medics that can cause some mothers dying when giving birth.

This was revealed on September 13, 2018 in Kigali during the 6th Annual Scientific Conference of Rwanda Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ((RSOG).

Dubbed ” Reproductive health: Linking Research, Policies and Practices”, the two-day conference focused on achievements, current gaps and suggested some tangible solutions to continue reducing maternal and Infant deaths.

Speaking amid- the Conference, Dr Patrick Ndimibanzi, State Minister in the Ministry of Health said that the society aims to follow on gynecologists and teach them, train them to improve on their work.

The society also helps gynecologists to gather their researches together in order to facilitate the government to do comprehensive decisions while setting up the policies in line with maternal and infant death reduction.

” We remind all gynecologists that health is costly, catering for health is paramount and no life should be lost while mothers are giving birth. it is something they should pay much attention,”. Ndimubanzi said.

Last year, Rwanda reduced maternal deaths from 1000 to 200.

Ndimubanzi advises pregnant women to have four tests before delivering .

Among the achievements to date, 13 gynecologists have graduated and the government targets to continue availing ambulances and build more health centers to help pregnant mothers access healthcare services nearby them.

“We are targeting to increase gynecologists and have a big number by 2019, this will help us as today maternal deaths are reduced drastically.” said Prof Dr. Rulisa Stephen, RSOG first vice president.

Some challenges hindering the move include few Gynecologists at work and women are not fully joining this profession.

Blood clots or Thrombosis are challenges and put pregnant women at risk of abortion and can involve caesarean operation while giving birth according to Christine Ashimwe, Health Advocate and Founder of Rwanda Clot awareness.

Col.Dr Eugene Ngoga, an Obstetric-gynecologist at Rwanda Military Hospital and RSOG President said that the fist challenges is that they are few in the profession, the second, the mindset of people who give birth out of a health facility and the third, not enough equipment to save mothers’ and infant lives.

Dr Nkubito Gatera Valens, a Rwandan Student who is specialising in UK-London in Photo medicine is participating in the conference.

He said that Rwanda is the first country to fast track solutions in reducing maternal and infant deaths and assures that sustainable solutions will be available in 10 to 15 years following the the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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