Military Hospital staff treat 650 youth under Iwawa rehab

On 23 December 2017 at 07:39

Rwanda Military Hospital (RMH) in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and obstetrics (JHPIEGO), has offered free medical services to 656 youth undertaking training at Iwawa Rehabilitation and Vocational Skills Development Centre.

JHPIEGO is an international non-profit organization affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University in the United States of America.

RMH medical team provided many services including provoluntary male circumcision by prepex and surgeon, HIV/AIDS voluntary testing and counseling, eye, dental and skin diseases treatments.

The exercise was in the framework of Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) social responsibility through medical outreach.

Closing the two-week medical activities at Iwawa Centre, the Clinical Division Manager at RMH, Lt Col Dr. Schadrack NGAMIJE, expressed gratitude to the youth, the US Embassy through US Department of Defence for partnering with RDF.

HE told the youth that they need to seriously take the facilities and skills they are receiving.

“You should be proud of your country’s leadership that wisely put in place such important facilities to change your life for the better”, said Dr Ngamije.

He reassured that Rwanda Military Hospital will continue to support all initiatives aimed at providing decent health care to the Rwandans in need and particularly to the youth under rehabilitation at Iwawa.

Dr. Eugene Zimurinda, the JHPIEGO Country Coordinator, commended the partnership between US Department of Defence and RDF in promoting health care among the youth.

He told the youth who underwent voluntary circumcision, HIV/AIDS voluntary testing and counseling that the act reduces infection risk at 60% but it does not give them full protection.

The Coordinator of Iwawa Rehabilitation and Vocational Skills Development Centre, Nicolas Niyongabo appreciated RDF for taking part in establishing the Center and its existence.

He thanked RMH and partners for their precious support to the youth at Iwawa. He urged Rwandans in general to accept and accommodate the youth who are graduating from Iwawa as nice and friendly youth.

“Do not fear them, they are no longer bad people, they have changed for good,” said Niyongabo.

According to RMH officials, the just concluded medical outreach is part of a wider campaign aimed at fighting HIV among the youth.