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RDF conducts Army Week Medical Outreach  for  vulnerable genocide survivors in Ngororero

Ngororero, 15 February 2017

Rwanda Military Hospital (RMH), through Army Medical Outreach Program, is offering specialized medical services to Genocide survivors in Ngororero District. The one week medical outreach organized in partnership with the Fund for supporting Genocide Survivors (FARG) is targeting mainly vulnerable 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 orthopedics, gynecology, urology, internal medicine, psychology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, dermatology, dental, ENT and general surgery.

The Governor of Western Province, Alphonse Munyentwari along with other local leaders, FARG authorities, Security Officials in Western Province officially launched the Army Week on 15 February 2017 at Muhororo Hospital.

In his remarks, Governor Munyentwari called all citizens to comfort and stay in solidarity with genocide survivors and to maintain unity and cooperation. He further commended the RDF for stopping the genocide and helping the community to achieve security, good health and development through medical services, and other socio-economic programs. “RDF has been exemplary in delivering good services to our people and also promoting unity and reconciliation among Rwandans. It is our task as citizens to take advantage from the good foundation and achieve progress” Governor Munyentwari told locals in Ngororero.

Brig Gen Dr Emmanuel Ndahiro, the RMH Commandant said that the medical outreach was initiated by the RDF leadership in collaboration with FARG with an aim of bringing specialized medical services near genocide survivors and other vulnerable people in remote areas in the country. He said that from 2012 more than sixty thousand vulnerable survivors have received treatment through Army Week programs in 29 districts reached across the country.

During the ongoing Army Week Medical Outreach in Ngororero started on 13 February, 900 genocide survivors are expected to receive medical services to be provided at Muhororo and Kabaya Hospitals. 

In her testimony, Munganyimana Ancila, 64, recounted the hard time saying she was fiercely bitten and drowned in Nyabarongo by the killers during the Genocide but miraculously survived. “I still live with serious wounds resulting from that situation. We are grateful for such medical services brought to us and express our sincere thanks to our Government and particularly our President Kagame for such care”.