By Elias Hakizimana.
In a bid to strongly cater for persons with disabilities’ welfare, the government of Rwanda and its development partners completed a rehabilitation center, “Gahini Rehabilitation Centre” in Kayonza District.
The rehabilitation center that is located in Gahini sector in Kayonza District was completed in a joint partnership with National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), Christian Blind mission (CBM) thought Christian development organization based in Germany and Rwanda Ministry of health.
The center is expected to give healthcare services to the physically disabled people using health insurance also locally known as “Mutuelle de Santé” in a bid to improve quality of life of persons with disabilities.
The center will be officially inaugurated on April 18, 2019 and will offer different services to complement medical care like manufacturing of artificial ankle foot, hands, knee-ankle-foot and orthosis among others.
It will also provide orthopedic surgeries by specialized doctors, physiotherapy, occupation therapy, and sensitization for physically disabled patients and will accommodate patients in its 46 rooms including 23 for females and 23 for males.
Speaking to the media during a press conference on April 2, 2019, Fidele Butera, head of orthosis department at Gahini rehabilitation center said that the center comes to respond to problems currently facing people with disabilities.
“This center will provide different services including artificial parts of the body at low costs. The center of Orthotics will be providing footwear and other artificial body designs that will support the physically-disabled people in standing and moving as well as working.”
The center has a trained staff of physiotherapists who will be in charge of handling every person with physical disability issue so that their body functions correctly.
Innocent Mumararungu, Director of Gahini Rehabilitation Center said that it will be accommodating 46 inpatients (23 females and 23 males) in its 46 rooms of which 6 are named “VIP rooms”. The center will also receive 50 outpatients on daily basis.
“Rwandans will never go to look for such services as they used to go to Germany and India, all services will be offered by the center at lower cost,” Mumararungu said, adding that as the center progresses will allow people with Health insurance to access the services.
“I thank these partners to achieve this initiative. Within inclusive health services, we do consider many issues to achieve the SDGs, the Ministry of Health removed barriers that can hinder that vision.
Persons with disabilities face many challenges such as financial crisis, accessibility to public buildings, etc. The Ministry is trying to set up a health post at every cell to help these people access to medical services,” said Dr. Theogene Rurangwa in charge of Quality and Insurance in the Ministry of Health.
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