Rutsiro, 22 December 2017
A medical team from Rwanda Military Hospital (RMH) in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and obstetrics (JHPIEGO), an international and non-profit organization affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University in United States of America; offered free medical services to more than 656 youth undertaking vocational training and rehabilitation at Iwawa Rehabilitation and Vocational Skills Development Centre. The medical services provided by RMH include voluntary male circumcision both prepex and surgeon, HIV/AIDS voluntary testing and counseling, eye, dental and skin diseases treatments. The exercise was in the framework of Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) social responsibility through medical outreach.
Lt Col Dr Schadrack NGAMIJE, Clinical Division Manager at Rwanda Military Hospital officiated the closing of two weeks medical activities at Iwawa Centre. He expressed gratitude to the youth who are undertaking Rehabilitation and Vocational Skills at Iwawa Centre, the US Embassy through US Department of Defence for partnering with RDF via Rwanda Military Hospital, and also thanked the leadership of Iwawa Rehabilitation Centre.
He further reiterated to the youth under rehabilitation that, they need to take given facilities and skills seriously, “You should be proud of your country’s leadership who wisely put in place such wonderful facilities to change your life into better one”, said Lt Col Dr Ngamije. He assured that Rwanda Military Hospital will continue to support all initiatives aimed at providing decent health care to the Rwandans in need and particularly to the youth under rehabilitation at Iwawa.
Dr Zimurinda Eugene the Country’s Project Coordinator of the Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics (JHPIEGO), hailed the partnership between US Department of Defence and RDF in promoting health care to the youth. He told the youth who underwent voluntary circumcision, HIV/AIDS voluntary testing and counseling at Iwawa that Male Circumcision reduces infection risk at 60% according to literature but does not assure them full protection.
The Coordinator of Iwawa Rehabilitation and Vocational Skills Development Centre, Mr NIYONGABO Nicolas expressed gratitude to RDF for taking part in establishing the Center and its existence. He thanked Rwanda Military Hospital and partners for their precious support to the youth at Iwawa. He urged Rwandans in general to accept and accommodate the youth who are graduating from Iwawa rehabilitation Center as nice and friendly youth. “Do not fear them they are no longer bad guys, they have changed for good and for all”, concluded Mr Niyongabo.
According to RMH officials the just concluded medical outreach is part of a wider campaign aimed at fighting HIV among the youth.