The ministry of health has plans to construct new hospitals and provide capacity to other health facilities in the city of Kigali and in other parts of the country as a way of reducing the burden of increasing numbers of patients seeking health care.
This will be a response to the current situation of long queues of patients seeking services at the Kigali Central University Hospital (CHUK), which has proved to be cause for poor services at the referral hospital.
According to the minister of health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, the ministry plans to resolve this problem by building five new hospitals in Kigali, the western and eastern provinces.
Binagwaho also said that the ministry will upgrade the Masaka hospital or build one more hospital in Nyarugenge district.
The minister made the remarks during the 10th National Dialogue of Government leaders, which was chaired by President Paul Kagame, at the parliamentary building on December 13-14, 2012.
At the meeting, some residents raised complaints over poor services in the health sector citing CHUK as one of the places which has low capacity to handle patients seeking medical care.
Similar complaints have however been raised in the past and residents have always expressed dissatisfaction over the services at the CHUK hospital.
Minister Binagwaho confirmed the rumors saying that the hospital lacks capacity to handle increasing numbers of patients- which has been as a result of more Rwandans being in position to access health services due to improved health policies.
“The ministry is aware of this problem and there are plans to build more hospitals and alternatively provide capacity to some hospitals outside Kigali city center. This will reduce on the long queues of patients and improve health services” she said.
She also noted that the positioning of CHUK hospital has already been designated for the construction of hotel facilities according to the Kigali master plan, so this move was timely and the available options will be discussed in the next cabinet meeting for approval in 2013.