Ten years ago, a businessman Jean Malic Kalima known for trading in minerals conceived an idea of establishing a modern clinic equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment, to support the government in enabling access to medical services without necessarily making international referrals.
His dream came true one and half months ago when he completed the first phase of Legacy Clinics & Diagnostics in Nyarugunga sector at the road leading to Kabuga in Kigali city at a cost of $4.5 million. The facility has 15 specialist doctors and five general practitioners ready to start delivering medical services at the Legacy Clinics & Diagnostics.
During the launch of Legacy Clinics on Friday last week; the medical director facility, Dr. Subira Manzi revealed that the clinic is to offer health care services of international repute thereby reducing referrals to such countries as India, among others.
“Legacy Clinics and Diagnostics will expand its medical services in the next phase to provide highly specialized diagnosis and treatment rarely found in the country and in the region,” he said.
The Clinic has three departments; Legacy Clinics: A facility with equipment used in treatment with doctors from Rwanda and Indian; Legacy Diagnostics with a laboratory equipped with diagnosis machines and radiography; and Legacy Dental which focuses on provision of dental services offered in collaboration with Legacy Clinics/Rwanda and SL Diagnostics from India.
Legacy Clinics and Diagnostics has modern equipments like CT-Scan, Mammogram an equipment used in breast cancer diagnosis released on market in 2014, orthopedic, cardiovascular and dental equipment among others.
Philippa Kibugu-Decuir, a founder and director of Breast Cancer Initiative East Africa Inc says he is satisfied with the establishment of Legacy Clinics given its commitment to the treatment of breast cancer. “It was my dream when I visited Rwanda in 2007. There were no services of treating cancer. Today we thank our Legacy Clinic. Dreams have come true,” he said.
“I was healed of cancer 22 years ago because I lived in America. I had more than seven doctors taking care of me with all needed services and assistance. Unfortunately, I had a relative in Africa who died of cancer because he had no assistance like me,” he added.
Philippa who established Breast Cancer Initiative East Africa, an organization fighting against cancer requested women to get medical tests in time to know health status and embark on early treatment where need be.
At the launch,The Minister of Health, Dr Diane Gashumba said that t is great pleasure to see private investors contributing to maintaining Rwandans lives in such a suitable place.
“We have observed that this clinic will receive many patients from the region given the modern equipment available, using technology and has specialist doctors which will play a role saving Rwandans lives,” she said.
“What is exciting is that they have all services.They have services of treating children, adults, and, best of all, the ability to diagnose diseases. There is a laboratory with modern equipment used in making almost all medical tests, equipments testing heart diseases and others testing respiratory diseases,” she said.
Dr Gashumba lauded the clinic for using technology enabling doctors to internationally communicate and consult with their peers specialized in different branches of medicine.
Jean Malic Kalima said that establishing Legacy Clinics & Diagnostics is a result opportunities presented by the Rwandan economy and in line with government policy of encouraging local investments other than waiting for the government or foreign investors to do it.
“We have committed to invest in medical services and seek specialized doctors to offer good services,” he said.