Residents of Gihaya Island in Gihundwe sector Rusizi District are jubilant for a newly constructed health post that has been presented to them..
While expressing their happiness, the Gihaya Island dwellers said that the new health center is the nearest place they have ever got for medical services n their area.
The dwellers of the Island that is in the middle of Lake Kivu have been lacking most infrastructures for a long time because the island is less populated.
All of people on the Island whether young or old, weak or strong, they all used to make long distances to Ihundwe, Nkanka or Kunkombo areas to seek medical services in case of sickness.
They are grateful to Rwandan government for thinking about them and giving them a health post which is the first in their history.
Gihaya islanders are also most grateful to Rusizi district for accepting them as Rwandans when in past they were referred to and thought of themselves as Congolese. Their language incorporates Congolese languages and less Kinyarwanda.
This Health center is one of the most needed infrastructures, a social service that the Gihaya islanders needed the most. It cost about Rwf22 million with the efforts of local people and FHI 360 Project funding.
Patrick Muturutsa the health official in Rusizi district told the residents to take care of the health center while the government prepares to supply them electricity with that would also improve the health services and social economic status.
Gihaya Island has a total of 1, 231 residents who survive on fishing in Lake Kivu.