Kigali, 20 October 2017
The Egyptian Ambassador to Rwanda, Her Excellency Dr Namira Nabil Mohamed Elmahdy Negm together with Hon Minister of Health, Dr Diane Gashumba have inaugurated the hemodialysis unit at Rwanda Military Hospital on 20 October 2017.
The renal unit equipped with 10 hemodialysis machines will be used to filter patients’ blood by removing excess water and waste products when the kidneys have been removed, damaged or dysfunctional.
Egyptian-Rwanda Friendship Wing Hemodialysis unit inaugurated is a donation of the Egyptian Agency for Development to the Government of Rwanda.
“The opening of this wing is taking our friendship to a different level. When it comes to capacity building we will be more than happy to accommodate programmes that help our friends in Rwanda to have new fields that we are good at. “We have a special agency in the Ministry of Foreign affairs and its work is to facilitate meeting the African country’s needs, we have been working with the Ministry of Health to assess the needs and we were able to meet those needs”, she said before revealing that by next week, the Egyptian Embassy will be able also to donate a fully equipped Telemedicine Centre to Kanombe (Rwanda) Military Hospital.
The Minister of Health, Dr Diane Gashumba after the inauguration of hemodialysis unit that the Egyptian donation will contribute a lot to the treatment of patients in need of dialysis services and reduce government expenditures allocated to international referrals of patients with chronic kidney failure.
“These machines donated to Rwanda Military Hospital will also reduce the burden and expenditure of the Government of Rwanda allocated to international medical transfers. “This treatment was costing a lot of money to save lives of Patients transferred to Egypt and India among other countries”
It’s a huge contribution to health service to Rwanda; transfers to international hemodialysis centres takes a big component of our budget, she added.
The Director of Internal Medicine at Rwanda Military Hospital, Lt Col Dr Jules Kabahizi receives 15 patients in a need of dialysis services at different levels. “These machines is an added value to the quality of services we deliver at the hospital; it will increase our ability to provide services to more patients” he said.