WHO boss commends Rwanda’s community health workers

On 11 January 2018 at 06:15

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has commended Rwanda’s success in access to health services programmes especially those provided by community health workers commonly known as ‘Abajyanama b’ubuzima’.

Tedros who is in the country was Thursday visiting Mayange Health Center in Bugesera District.

His visit aimed at observing Rwanda’s health programmes to population. He said that he was impressed with community health workers’ role in promoting health services to Rwandan population.

“As you know Rwanda is among countries that have committed to provide healthcare to all populations. I visited this health center, not only to observe its operations, but also to observe health workers’ services, actually they do good job,” he said.

Tedros said that he was impressed by the Community Health Workers who are providing lifesaving services to their villages by treating malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea as well as helping communities in health promotion and disease prevention.

“Very impressed to learn that all children are immunized in this sector and also all women deliver in the health facilities. This is a result of your hard work and dedication,” he told community health workers.

“Primary health care is very important and I am glad to see the best results you are getting from it, WHO will always be on your side,” he said.

Health Minister, Dr. Diane Gashumba said that they chose to visit Mayange as among model health centers in the country.

“Mayange Sector covers 100% of medical insurance (Mutuelle de Sante), it is a great achievement attained with the support of Community health workers and local leaders. Reports also show us that all women deliver at health facilities,” she said.

She said that in general, 91% of women deliver at hospitals countrywide and 93% of children are dewormed. She said in partnership with Community Health Workers, they strive hard to reach 100% cover in all services.

During his visit in Bugesera, Tedros paid tribute to the victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi laid to rest in Nyamata genocide memorial.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks to the media
Health Minister, Dr. Diane Gashumba speaks to the media
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus lays a wreath to the mass graves at Nyamata Genocide memorial