Rwanda graduates first health home based care practitioners
Written by: Tuyizere Daniel
Monday, March 13th, 2017, 20:05
Rwamagana: The ministry of health in partnership with the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) graduated 211 health home based care practitioners after six months of trainings in order to reduce the burden of non communicable diseases among the Rwandan population.
Two major activities were launched this Monday including home based care program and the health week in Rwamagana district, Eastern province. Both activities are intended to extend health care services closer to the people and create awareness to the ministry’s priority of preventive care.
Dr Patrick Ndimubanzi, The Minister of State in the Ministry of Health urged those who were graduated to commit themselves to selfless and dedicated service as they begin their professional careers.
According to Dr Marie Aime Muhimpundu, Division Manager of Non Communicable Diseases at Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), home based care practitioners will take care of people with non communicable diseases at home.
It is in line with helping patients who have incurable diseases and used to spend longer periods at hospitals in order to get medicines but can otherwise be supported at their homes.
Home based care program is to ensure that patients get comprehensive care that is essential in integrating care activities at all levels; individuals, family, community, and health systems.
During this week, in all districts communities and stakeholders will be sensitized on the mother and child healthcare, the fight against malaria, non communicable diseases, malnutrition, intestinal worms and other infections related to poor hygiene, family planning, prevention of gender based violence and sensitization on early attendance of antenatal care and delivery at health facilities.