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Medical Outreach Program for Genocide Survivors by RDF Army Going on Smoothly

Muhanga: The Rwanda Military Hospital (RMH), through its Medical Outreach Program known as Army Week, is offering specialized medical services to Genocide survivors in Muhanga District from 25 to 29 April 2016.

As we nears to the end of Kwibuka period in Rwandan community, the Rwanda Defense Force/RDF decided to lay their hand in conducting Medical Outreach week Program to Genocide Survivors as a sign of loving and caring about their health.

The Army Week was officially opened by Dr Alivera Mukabaramba, the Minister of State for Social Affairs in Ministry of Local Government on 26 April 2016 at Kabgayi Hospital.

The Catholic Bishop of Kabgayi, Mgr Smaragde Mbonyintege; the Commandant of RMH, Brig Gen Dr Emmanuel Ndahiro; the Mayor of Muhanga District, Mrs Uwamariya Beatrice and FARG Executive Secretary, Theophile Ruberangeyo, among other officials, were also present.

Dr. Mukabaramba in her remarks, commended the RDF for not only stopping the genocide but also tirelessly looking after survivors through medical treatment and other support.

“This Army Week is a sign of love and service to genocide survivors and the people of Rwanda in general”, she said.

Minister Mukabaramba added that with such outreach program 42,000 genocide survivors have benefited from specialized medical treatment offered by the Rwanda Military Hospital since 2012 in 27 districts of Rwanda.

Minister Mukabaramba talking to the Genocide survivors of Muhanga.

She called all citizens to comfort and stay in solidarity with genocide survivors particularly in this period when they are mourning their beloved ones who perished during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.

Brig Gen Emmanuel Ndahiro, the RMH Commandant said that the medical outreach was initiated by the RDF leadership in collaboration with the Fund for supporting Genocide Survivors, FARG with an aim of bringing specialized medical services near genocide survivors and other vulnerable people in remote areas where they live.

“We are promising to care for you by bringing our medics and facilities here and make transfers for further management for more complicated cases discovered”, he said.

During the ongoing Army Week Medical Outreach Program, 3000 genocide survivors are expected to receive medical services to be provided at Kabgayi Hospital and Nyabikenke Health Centre.

The beneficiaries are mainly the survivors who are still suffering from physical and psychological wounds resulting from the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.

The clinical services they will benefit from include orthopaedics, gynaecology, urology, internal medicine, psychology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, dermatology, dental, and ENT and general surgery.

In her testimony, Ntamabyariro Christine, 57, said: “Some of us are suffering from chronic headache and other diseases as consequences of what we endured during the genocide against the Tutsi. We are grateful for the services brought to us and thank the military for such initiative”.

By Robert Muriisa via MOD.

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