By George Kalisa
The Minister of Health Dr. Diane Gashumba January14 urged residents of Rwanda’s Southern Province to crave for a nation safe from diseases through adapting routines that uphold hygiene and sanitation.
The Minister said that individual efforts and willingness to appreciate behavioral change right from the grassroots level were important in achieving the country’s goal of building a “Rwanda safe from diseases”.
Dr. Gashumba while on a working tour remarked during a meeting in Ruhango District with the Governor Emmanuel Gasana, local leaders and health center administrators in the Southern Province.
This tour mainly aims at enhancing health services along heightening preventive measures through mass sensitization on hygiene and sanitation in that part of the country.
“The government is grateful to Health Centres like Nyanza, Kabutare, Gakoma, Kibirizi for sparing no efforts in enhancing health services – the increased number of infants that access vaccination services and of the number of pregnant mothers who give birth and get the regular and mandatory check-up during pregnancy registered by these health centres speak volumes of their commitment to implement the government’s health policies,” observed Dr. Gashumba.
The minister encouraged residents to use cook stoves under the the programme that aims to scaling up sustainable household implemented and supported by the Ministry of Health in partnership with DelAgua Health Rwanda.
Dr. Gashumba said that her government in a bid to have a healthy population directs massive efforts to “reduce the risk of catching diseases linked to inhaling poisonous substances in smoke” alongside saving the destruction of the ozone layer due to the emission of these gases.
Residents there mostly from low income households received the cook stoves during her tour of the region.
At least 300,000 cook stoves will be distributed to residents in the Southern Province alone this year, officials in the Ministry said.
These health centres appreciated by the minister generally provide diagnosis, treatment, maternity, and family planning.
In addition, Kibilizi Health centre introduced HIV testing and counselling and distribution of ARVs while family planning stood at 67 per cent as of 2017 according to Drocelle Mukamana, the Head of Kibilizi Health Centre, then.
She told The Light Magazine Reporter during an exclusive interview that the number of women who give birth from the Health Centre had increased to over 90 per cent in Kibilizi Sector.