Butaro hospital located in Burera district of Northern Province has received two cancer diagnosing machines valued at $700,000, capable of carrying out 1500 tests per day.
The machines are an addition to an existing one which could only make 150 tests on monthly basis.
The machines were availed yesterday under a partnership of American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the Ministry of Health.
The director of Butaro hospital, Dr. Tharcisse Mpunga says the machines come at a time when they needed for diagnosing the many patients yet the only one machine they had was not enough to carry all examinations.
“These are specialized modern machines are particular and modern equipped with modern technology, performing different tasks,” he said.
He explained that the machines will see Butaro hospital increasing cancer tests capacity as they will have 1500 tests daily and improve service delivery.
ASCP representative, Irmen Werkhoven has told IGIHE the machines were donated to increase the number of diagnosed and treated patients.
“This machine has enough capacity of testing cancer. This launch makes this day great for Rwanda’s health care and in the region, “he said.
Butaro tests and treats cancer. It receives patients from different corners of the country and abroad.
Butaro hospital had a small cancer testing machine and required sending test samples to America thus delaying diagnosis and treatment. With the introductions of more modern cancer testing machines, explained Dr. Mpunga, patients will receive results of tests within three days.
The donated machines cost USD 700,000.