Over 120,000 heart patients in Rwanda don’t seek treatment

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 4 March 2017 saa 02:37
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Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) has expressed concern over the growing number of patients suffering from heart diseases but never seek medical assistance before the disease is aggravated.

RBC echoed this yesterday during the discussions on policies to support patients of non-communicable diseases and heart patients where research carried out in 2016 demonstrated that most of the patients diagnosed with heart disease never seek treatment.

Dr Evariste Ntaganda, the head of heart disease division at the Rwanda Biomedical Centre said “We should be taking care of 135, 025 heart patients but we only assist 5,238 because others don’t come for medical help.”

He explained that having only 5238 seeking medical assistance is a big challenge.

Dr Ntaganda said that only 15 % of patients diagnosed with hypertension seek medical assistance despite the fact that Rwanda brings specialized foreign doctors treating heart diseases.

He pointed a recent case where Rwanda received 40 specialized doctors at King Faisal Hospital over the past two weeks who treated only 83, below the target of at least 149 heart patients.

Dr.Ntaganda appealed to patients to seek treatment earlier because it requires surgery when treatment is sought late after the condition has worsened.

Dr Marie-Aimée Muhimpundu, the head of the Non Communicable Diseases Division at RBC encouraged people to get diagnosed of such diseases and seek treatment earlier adding that they are doing everything possible to make health care facilities of such diseases at health centers.

She explained that such diseases are insured under Mutuelle de santé.

Dr. Muhimpundu appealed on people to do sports, reduce alcohol consumption, eat balanced diet and avoid smoking.

She explained that a special center treating and offering surgery with specialized doctors of heart diseases will be built in Masaka of Kicukiro district.

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Dr Marie-Aimée Muhimpundu, the head of the Non Communicable Diseases Division at RBC.