The master plan of Kigali city shows that Kigali University Teaching Hospital (CHUK) is located in a place where other buildings will be constructed. The Ministry of Health and City of Kigali will therefore relocate the hospital.
In December 2013, City of Kigali announced that CHUK would be relocated from Nyarugenge to Masaka sector in Kicukiro district.
The director of CHUK, Dr Théobald Hategekimana has told IGIHE that the deadline of relocating the hospital remains unknown.
The vice mayor of Kigali city in charge of social welfare , Judith Kazayire has said that relocating CHUK is not under responsibilities of Kigali city but rather a duty of the Ministry of Health.
She explained that the only thing Kigali city did was to indicate that the place where CHUK is located doesn’t match the new Kigali city master plan.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, Kayumba Malick yesterday told IGIHE that the project of relocating CHUK is underway. He explained that the study indicated that it is possible to relocate the hospital and remain with making the design of how the new buildings of CHUK will look like.
He said that the design is being executed in collaboration with the government of Rwanda and China.
“The deadline of relocating CHUK will be announced very soon. We can’t precisely give the exact time right now since it is a large project. We also plan to relocate Muhima hospital,” he said.
CHUK is one of country’s leading hospitals. It receives 70% of patients transferred to referral hospitals of who the majority use Mituelle de santé.