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Desire for excellence behind high health standards

Written by: Administrator
Saturday, July 15th, 2017, 11:42

To provide high quality care, support the continuous quality improvement and putting in practice the best policies and procedures of healthcare are the core values of Gihundwe hospital.


"We thank the government of Rwanda under the good leadership of H E Paul Kagame for all our achievements," notes Dr Placide Nshizirungu, the Director of Gihundwe hospital adding that much has been achieved through efforts by government.


“Treating our clients and their families with compassion, dignity and unparalleled respect is our main objective,” emphasizes notes Dr Nshizirungu . We listen to customers and try to meet their needs. Respect the confidentiality of clients’ files and the suggestions of our beneficiaries.


Gihundwe hospital has set high standards to ensure residents in Rusizi District can receive quality healthcare. Officials at the hospital say that efficient treatment is provided to its clients, and improves the population’s health through leveraging available resources while investing in the improvement of services.


Sitting on a surface area of 58,010m2 with 35 buildings Gihundwe District Hospital is a public hospital built in 1990. Like many public health institutions in the country the Genocide against the Tutsi devastated itbefore its official opening. The hospital commenced activities in 1995 following rehabilitation works under the support of NGOs such as Médecins Sans Frontiere, Médecins du Monde and Norwegian Peoples Aid.


Located in Rusizi district, Western Province of Rwanda, the hospital serves a population of more than 161,554 people from seven sectors of Kamembe, Gihundwe, Mururu, Nkanka, Giheke, Bweyeye, and Nkombo.


Health centres like; Bweyeye, Nkanka, Rusizi, Gihundwe, Nkombo, Giheke and Mont Cyangugu plus a dispensary of Cyangugu Prison refer complicated cases to Gihundwe Hospital.


The close proximity to the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi enables Gihundwe hospital to stretch its services to foreign communities from these neighbouring countries.



Gihundwe District Hospital provides all services expected of a district hospital in accordance to the health standards set by the Ministry of Health, including specialised medicine.


According to statistics, in the last seven years Gihundwe Hospital as of May 2017 had received 217,778citizens who had visited the hospital seeking medical services. Annually, outpatients rose from 21,295 in 2011 to 36,229 in 2016. This year alone the hospital has already received 18,458 patients since January to end May. Admission of patients at the hospital also increased from 6,158 in 2011 to 10,469 in 2016.


The increase in the number of people seeking medical services at the hospital shows a sharp increase of 70 per cent for outpatients and inpatients, the director of the hospital notes. The increase of adherence rate to the Community Based Health Insurance by the population and the improvement of quality of services by the hospital are the keys of this increase of patients


Accessibility and improved medical services enjoyed by the people of Rusizi has led to the decline in maternal and infant mortality rate which reduced from 6/1499 (0,4%) in 2011 to 2/2411 (0,08%) in 2016 for the former and the later reduced from 97/1532 (6,3%) to 86/2384 (3,6%) during the same period.


Today, Gihundwe hospital offers specialised health services in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, paediatric, surgery, internal medicine, nephrology and dialysis services. The department of non communicable diseases (NCDs) was opened.


Ophthalmology at the hospital was renovated and the number of staff in this department increased together with modern equipment plus the optometry. The laboratory department’s capacity was also increased with modern equipment and received an international award for best performing Hospital.


In order to reduce malaria prevalence and diseases common among children, a program for treating patients within the community was introduced through and implemented by community health workers


According to Dr Nshizirungu, for prevention measures regarding vaccination against children and adults, the hospital has introduced new vaccines against measles and Roubeole , Rotavirus, HPV, which prevents girls from cervical cancer, yellow fever and Hepatitis B vaccination.


The hospital has established a committee responsible for preventing epidemics. The screening for cervical and breast cancer programme was established as well as screening for Ebola symptoms to people entering from Democratic Republic of Congo.


Raising capacity

Since its establishment the number of medical professionals has increased as well specialists who increased from one in 2011 to six specialist doctors today, general practitioners, nurses, midwives and other staff members were also increased.


In the last seven years Gihundwe District Hospital in conjunction with its development partners and sponsors has invested in infrastructure through renovation and construction of annexes to create a more favourable environment for the clients.


In line with the seven-year government programme the hospital expanded its premises by constructing a new building, which houses the maternity ward and neonatology department. A new immergency, physiotherapy, laboratory, a new and modern incinerator and perimeter fence of the hospital are the other milestones Gihundwe Hospital boasts of.



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