Rwanda Express (Kigali)

17 June 2012

Rwanda: WHO Director Meets President Kagame

The World health Organization (WHO) Africa region Director, Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo has congratulated President Kagame and his government for having registered remarkable progress in health care.

Dr. Sambo was in Rwanda during an official visit to learn more about Rwanda's healthcare programmes and assess progress on the ground with the view of sharing some success stories with the rest of the continent.

Sambo paid a courtesy call on President Paul Kagame, this June 13, 2012 at Village Urugwiro in Kigali, after visited various hospitals and health centres, holding meetings with senior government officials and touring health-related projects across the country on his four-day working visit- which stated June 9.

Sambo said that health care system in Rwanda has been strengthened at local level with a great positive impact on the people and there is enormous progress in the control of certain diseases like malaria, and improving child health, among others.

Earlier on during his tour, Dr. Sambo commended the progress made in the circumcision program in Rwanda- in which a new painless and bloodless technique of circumcision is for the first time being tried out. Sambo said that the success of the program will mean a lot to the WHO and the health sector in Africa.

Sambo also stated the WHO will be more interested in reinforcing its technical team in Rwanda to address some of the areas that need to be strengthened in collaboration with international agency operating in the field of health.

The WHO team was accompanied by the Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho,- who said that Dr. Sambo and the president discussed Rwanda and regional health issues, and highlighted how Africa can be ready to respond to epidemics and its capacity to set up pharmaceutical industries.

The Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), which is conducted every 5 years, shows that healthcare system has tremendously improved since 2005 to 2010. Presently under five mortality rates have decreased from 133 deaths per 1000 live births to 76 over a 5 year period.

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