Residents of Gatsibo district have said that lack of nearby health centres or hospitals plays a role in reducing mutual health insurance (mutuelle de sante) coverage.
This comes after some residents of Rwimbogo, Gasange and Kageyo sectors in Gatsibo district refused to pay for mutuelle de sante because health centres are several kilometers away from them and barely seek the medical services from there.
Brigitte Mukamana from Rwimbogo sector reveals that she deliberately ignored securing medical insurance because there was no health centre in that vicinity.
Mukamana adds that she shared the problem with residents from Gasange and Kageyo sectors.
Upon realizing the problem for low medical insurance coverage, Gatsibo district administration built Rwimitereri health post where residents go for medical services.
Jean Bosco Uwizeyimana, in charge of health in Gatsibo district denotes that through sensitization, residents have understood the importance of mutual health insurance thus increasing the coverage.
“Compared to previous years, residents have come to understand due to intense sensitization though some residents are adamant,” Uwizeyimana highlights.
Mutual health insurance coverage is at 64.8 percent in Gatsibo and it’s the last district with the lowest medical insurance coverage.