In just one month of operations, the Army Week 2017 (officially launched countrywide on 4 May 2017) has registered tremendous achievements in all sectors of intervention as indicates a statement signed by Rwanda Defense Forces Spokesperson, Lt Col Rene Ngendahimana.
The Army Week is being conducted in partnership with other Government Institutions that include; MoH, MINALOC, MININFRA, MINEDUC, MINAGRI, MIGEPROF AND MYICT.
As a recap, the ongoing Army Week does mainly focus on the following activities, aiming at uplifting the welfare of Rwandans and contributing to the national development in general:
•Offering Free Medical services in Orthopedics, Dental, ENT, Ophthalmology & Gynecology specialties;
•Rehabilitation bridges and feeder roads;
•Marshland and hillsides farming;
•Construction of water access point/ facilities;
•Construction/rehabilitation of shelter for vulnerable families;
•Construction/rehabilitation of classrooms and sanitation structures;
•Environmental protection campaign; and
•Access to energy using Off Grid Solar installations.
Army Week one month achievements
In Medical, ,172 cases have been attended to in Orthopedics; 13,858 cases have been treated in Dental; 6,199 cases have been treated in ENT (Ears, Nose and Throat); 16,728 cases have been treated in Ophthalmology; 2,629 cases have been attended to in Genecology; 8,133 male circumcision cases have been performed; 7,920 people have undergone VCT (voluntary counselling and testing) HIV sessions. Furthermore, 1368 blood Units were donated by RDF military personnel.
So far, all the above medical services have been provided at different Hospitals and Health Centres that include; Gisenyi, Ruhengeri, Butaro, Nemba, Muhororo, Murunda, Kibuye, Kirinda, Kibogora, Gihundwe, Bushenge, Munini, Kigeme, Kaduha, Kibilizi, CHUB, Kabutare, Nyanza, Ruhango, Kabgayi, Remera-Rukoma, Kibungo, Zaza, Kirehe, Gahini, Rwinkwavu, Kiziguro, Ngarama, Nyagatare and Masaka.
In infrastructure development and descent accommodation, thanks to Army Week 2017, at least 219 bridges have been constructed or rehabilitated across the Country. About 135 km of feeder roads have been rehabilitated/constructed. At least 2,359 houses have been completed and 43 are under construction. 18 classrooms have been completed and 13 others are still under construction. About 2,779 toilets have been put in place to improve sanitation structures. About 8 Km of water supply points were connected in Nyagatare and Nyanza.
In agriculture, marshland and hillsides farming, 3,462 ha have been cultivated.
Other activities conducted include; Construction of 209 cow sheds and the successful fight against Armyworm outbreak on about 8,000 ha countrywide.
The big turnout and active participation of the population have been very much appreciated and urged to keep that team work spirit, which ultimately will drive them out of poverty.
The Army Week 2017 Activities will continue until July 2017.