Rwandan Health Proffessionals Abroad Urged to Return

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On 20 November 2012 saa 09:02
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Most Rwandan nationals that complete their professional medical studies abroad are said to be reluctant on returning to their home country and instead takeup jobs abroad.

This is a major cause for lack of specialists in Rwanda’s health sector where hospitals are said to lack specialists.

Joan Matabaro a specialist in Charge of HRD, Capacity Building in General Directorate Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges Rwandan health doctors abroad to return home to help their country mate.

Dr. Musa Tugirimana is a Rwandan general surgeon from Belgium who has been placed by international organization for migration (IOM) at Kibagabaga Hospital.

In only 15 days he has operated 20 patients, most of them suffering from goiter illness. He also trained nurses.

“The Rwandan doctors in foreign countries might come back to Rwanda to support their country because Rwanda has many patients who need treatment.” said Dr. Tugirimana.

Mukarurangwa Doris is a chief in surgeon hall said that Dr. Musa helped in reducing a number of patient to be operated.

In Rwanda, hundreds of people daily from curable diseases due to lack of appropriately trained and specialized health professionals.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Migration for development in Africa (MIDA) heatlh project is a joint initiative of IOM, the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MINAFFET) in Rwanda whose overall objective is to strengthen the national health strategy and the health sector in Rwanda in general by providing return air ticket and a monthly subsistence allowance for the volunteer health specialis.