Rwanda Military Hospital to launch first regional cancer diagnosis, treatment centre

By The Inspirer

Rwanda Defence Force through Rwanda Military Hospital is set to launch a new cancer centre by January 2019 offering specialised treatment to hundreds of patients battling the disease, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

Lt Col Pacifique Mugenzi, the Director General of the centre said that the facility hosted at Rwanda Military Hospital (RMH) incorporates the latest oncology technology ready to deliver a world-class cancer care service.

“So far we are done with the construction and equipping the facility, I have no doubt by early January 2019 will be operational, today if I receive the patient I can treat him or her,” said Lt Col Mugenzi who also noted that the facility will provide patients and their families with further choice when planning their care and the facility have the capacity to treat 80 patients per day.

“This centre is expected to reduce reliance on international centres and it’s our firm confidence that Rwandans should have access to high cancer care as close to their home as possible,” he added.

For Rwandans the development will eliminate the need to travel abroad for services that will be available in Rwanda for the first time.

According to Lt Col Mugenzi, the radiotherapy center is equiped with 2 Linear Accelerator from Elekta, and will be offering advanced treatment techniques with VMAT (Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy) to all clients.

He also mentioned that with cancer incidence on the rise, the figures indicate the need for additional cancer care services, this new state of the art will provide the people of Rwanda with advanced radiation therapy treatments, the likes of which are absolutely world class.

Radiation therapy services delivered at RMH will be available to Rwandans who use local insurance including mituelle de santé. “It will provide comprehensive treatment to cancer patients. This centre is a great opportunity, it will be a regional centre that will serve people around the region,” he said.

“In Rwanda there are three well-known treatment options for cancer namely, chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy, so radiotherapy has been the unavailable option of the three options in Rwanda,” he said.

The radiotherapy centre comes to supplement the existing chemotherapy facility available in Butaro Cancer Centre.

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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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