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The Minister of Health, Dr. Diane Gashumba has inaugurated a new facility meant for neonatal and maternity wards services in Gisenyi Hospital of Rubavu District.


Worth Rwf1 billion, construction works for the facility was completed in November last year and official inauguration ceremony took place yesterday.

The launch of the facility coincided with the launch of the Integrated Maternal-Child Health Week which focuses on hygiene and nutrition.

Speaking at the event, Minister Gashumba said that the government has embarked on construction of health facilities near people, so as to avoid travelling long journey seeking health services.

Gashumba is optimistic that the facility will help reducing maternal and neonatal deaths.

“This facility is equipped with new materials for neonatal and maternal wards services, we believe that when medics serve with commitment and embrace good services delivery, the facility and materials will help reducing maternal deaths,” she said.

The facility has 100 patient beds and well-equipped room for premature babies.

Gisenyi Hospital Director, Lt Col Dr. William Kanyankore said that the facility will help reduce congestion in maternal wards.

“On a daily basis we receive less than 20 expectant mothers, those who undergo natural birth get discharged the same day, but those who endure C-section can spend five days, so as this facility is capable to receive 100 patients, we will no longer get challenged with space issues,” he explained.

In the hospital, patients have been so long claiming the shortage of patients’ beds.