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Army week 2017 first month registers more than 60,000 citizens provided with free medical care

Kigali, 06 June 2017

In just one month of operations, the Army Week 2017 (officially launched countrywide on 4 May 2017) has registered tremendous achievements in all sectors of intervention. The Army Week is being conducted in partnership with other Government Institutions that include; MoH, MINALOC, MININFRA, MINEDUC, MINAGRI, MIGEPROF AND MYICT.

As a recap, the ongoing Army Week does mainly focus on the following activities, aiming at uplifting the welfare of Rwandans and contributing to the national development in general:  

Offering Free Medical services in Orthopedics, Dental, ENT, Ophthalmology & Gynecology specialties;

Rehabilitation bridges and feeder roads;

Marshland and hillsides farming;

Construction of water access point/ facilities;

Construction/rehabilitation of shelter for vulnerable families;

Construction/rehabilitation of classrooms and sanitation structures;

Environmental protection campaign; and

Access to energy using Off Grid Solar installations.

Army Week one month achievements 

In Medical, 5368 cases have been attended in Orthopedics; 14287 cases have been treated in Dental; 6383 cases have been treated in ENT (Ears, Nose and Throat); 17589 cases have been treated in Ophthalmology; 5185 cases have been attended in Gynecology; 20 cases have been treated in oral maxillo facial. The total number of patients treated from 2 May to 5 June 2017 is 63,783. About 8574 male circumcision cases have been performed; 8859 people have undergone VCT (voluntary counselling and testing) HIV sessions. Furthermore, 1368 blood Units were donated by RDF military personnel.

So far, all the above medical services have been provided at different Hospitals and Health Centres that include; Gisenyi, Ruhengeri, Butaro, Nemba, Muhororo, Murunda, Kibuye, Kirinda, Kibogora, Gihundwe, Bushenge, Munini, Kigeme, Kaduha, Kibilizi, CHUB, Kabutare, Nyanza, Ruhango, Kabgayi, Remera-Rukoma, Kibungo, Zaza, Kirehe, Gahini, Rwinkwavu, Kiziguro, Ngarama, Nyagatare and Masaka.

In infrastructure development and descent accommodation, thanks to Army Week 2017, up to now at least 219 bridges have been constructed or rehabilitated across the Country. About 135 km of feeder roads have been rehabilitated/constructed.  

At least 2359 houses have been completed and 43 are under construction.  18 classrooms have been completed and 13 others are still under construction.  About 2,779 toilets have been put in place to improve sanitation structures. About 8 Km of water supply points were connected in Nyagatare and Nyanza.


In agriculture, marshland and hillsides farming, 3462 ha have been cultivated. 

Other activities conducted include; Construction of 209 cow sheds and the successful fight against Armyworm outbreak on about 8,000 ha countrywide.

The big turnout and active participation of the population are here very much appreciated. The same population, the first beneficiaries of the Army Week activities, are urged to keep that team work spirit, which ultimately will drive them out of poverty.   

The Army Week 2017 Activities will continue until July 2017. 

Rene Ngendahimana

    Lt Col 

    Def & Mil Spokesperson