President Kagame pledges support to the new Adventist Medical School
Written by: Our Reporter
Monday, September 2nd, 2019, 2:51
President Paul Kagame has inaugurated the Adventist school of Medicine of East-Central Africa-ASOME and expressed Government’s commitment to continue supporting private investments that contribute to the country’s journey of transformation.
“Government will play its part by continuing to invest in infrastructure, vocational skills and a conducive policy environment,” President Kagame said on Monday during the inauguration of the school at Masoro, Gasabo, Kigali.
“I wanted to say that we have plenty of faith. We have more faith to keep going and keep doing in addition to what we have here in this school,” he added.
The President noted that the School is yet another most valuable addition to Rwanda’s education and health system and thanked the Adventist Church for its partnership to support Rwanda’s goals mainly through science and technology as well as good affordable health care.
“By fulfilling your pledge to establish a medical school serving East and Central Africa, you have reaffirmed your commitment to a productive partnership that benefits not only Rwanda but the entire region. This is very much appreciated,” the President said.
Kagame congratulated the Adventist Church in Rwanda upon its 100th anniversary since it started its mission in Rwanda and has been a valued partner of Government in the provision of healthcare and education.
“Let me take this opportunity to salute the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Rwanda, for marking one hundred years of serving the spiritual and social needs of Rwandans,” President added.
We are aware of the immeasurable value of higher education and good health, accompanied by a meaningful spiritual life, the president explained.
He said that medical students at the school will benefit from the extensive network the Adventist institutions across the world as well as associations which will improve the quality of graduates from the school.
“When we put our talents and specialised knowledge at the service of others, the gift of education is multiplied many times over. That is what the doctors trained here are expected to do. This requires qualified professionals, trained in high-quality universities such as this one, which are equipped with the latest technology,” he said
The state of the art school facility costed around $ 16 million in its first phase which includes laboratories, lecture rooms, school mess, staff mess, laboratories with the second phase likely to take off with a teaching hospital among other facilities.
But officials told the president, there is still a challenge of land for expansion as well as more funds but President assured them support.
“We will find land, as well as money to add to what is already there. I think we all need this befitting hospital sooner rather than later. We will do it,” he said.
The Medical school which is under the Adventist University of Central Africa-AUCA is expected to make its maiden intake in January next year with 55 students.