13 February 2013

Rwanda: New Health Post to Improve Family Planning Services

Gasabo district, on Monday, officially inaugurated a health post and 60 houses for vulnerable people in Ndera sector, as part of the ongoing Governance Month.

The health post, in Kibenga cell, offers mainly family planning services and will serve all the sector residents, while the houses for vulnerable people were built in Mukuyu cell.

According to Gasabo's Vice Mayor in charge of economic affairs, Jean Claude Munara, the health post will serve all the residents of Ndera.

"This is a response to the problem with the existing catholic-owned health centre that did not accept to offer the modern family planning methods and accepted only the natural family planning," he said.

Josephine Kaneza, a nurse at the newly inaugurated health post, said the facility receives 30 people per day, and 1,000 people had sought family planning services there in the last four months.

The houses in Mukuyu site were built jointly by the Kicukiro district, Joint Action Development Forum (JADF) of Kicukiro district and the Fund for Support to Genocide Survivors (FARG).

Munara said the cost of one house is estimated at Rwf10 million. They are modern houses equipped with water tanks and other equipment.

"You must maintain these houses well because they were costly," Munara tells Mukuyu site inhabitants.

The houses are intended for use by the poor residents who previously lived in traditional huts known as Nyakatsi as well as the homeless incapable of building their own houses.

Annoncée Kanzayire, one of the beneficiaries and Genocide survivor, said before receiving the house, she had lived in 50 different houses because of eviction by the owners.

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