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Rwandans Continue to Benefit from Rwanda Defence Force Citizen Outreach Programme 2018

Kigali, 04 May 2018 

Local farmers in Rulindo District, Mbogo sector are expressing hope to get good produce of sweet potatoes in this season as they are being supported by RDF Citizen Outreach Programme 2018 (RDF COP 2018). The population is working with 503 Infantry Brigade to cultivate sweet potatoes on 15 hectares at Bahimba marshland, Mbogo Sector.

One of the farmers, Mukandekezi Theresia told Media who visited the activities on 4 May 2018 that the joint effort with RDF is a very sensitive motivation to them as farmers and a value to their activities. 

“Having our forces here cultivating with us is really very encouraging, we are discussing our simple life here while cultivating and we feel they are very close to us, they are very good friends. We are very grateful with this relationship and together we are fighting food insecurity”. 

So far since RDF COP 2018 was launched on 20 April 57.3 ha of sweet potatoes, 137.6 ha of Irish potatoes and vegetables were cultivated countrywide. 

RDF Citizen Outreach Programme 2018 is also covering other areas including health care. RDF Medical specialists have reached this week people in Bugesera District where they are providing medical services at Nyamata Hospital and surrounding health centers. One of them Karekezi Cassien, 62 Yrs is currently recovering. He has received a surgery to cure Hernia Inguinal that affected his life in the past 5 years. 

“I have spent money and time looking for an opportunity to have a specialist doctor to handle my case. Fortunately, I came here and found military doctors, I am very happy I got the surgery not far from my family and I am recovering well” he said. 

       Patients receiving medical services at Nyamata Hospital

The RDF COP will continue up till the end of July 2018 and to date 9,409 patients were treated countrywide, 11,191 Male circumcisions were performed and 795 Voluntary Counseling and Testing of HIV performed. Construction activities are also conducted with so far 135 houses rehabilitated and 356 toilets constructed as part of efforts to improve sanitation among the population.