Suspended health facilities include Isangano Clinic, Santé Clinic and Polyclinique Le Bon Berger following an improvised inspection by the Ministry of Health at different private clinics in Kigali.
The inspection aimed assessing management efficiency, employees’ welfare, capacity, available equipment, standards of drugs and the status of hygiene.
Dr. Corneille Ntihabose, the Head of Clinical and Public Health Services at Ministry of Health has told IGIHE that these clinics are suspended for various reasons.
“We have noticed poor hygiene inside and outside buildings of Polyclinique Le Bon Berger to the extent that it cannot be tolerated. The way they disinfect medical equipment to be reused are against established guidelines in the health sector,” he said.
“The clinic had two health workers without renewed licenses allowing them to operate. The clinic’s building is very old. It is neither well maintained nor sprayed with new paints as a facility suitable to receive patients,” added Dr. Ntihabose.
As he explained, Isangano Clinic had issues including lack of water and washing facility, expired drugs, workers without employment contracts and poor hygiene particularly in the laboratory.
Dr. Ntihabose revealed that Santé Clinic was also spotted with poor hygiene inside and outside buildings. Among others, the clinic was found with expired drugs and the building operates without appropriate place for waste disposal.
“If we are to promote medical tourism and maintain Rwandans’ health, such facilities should be in the right position to complement these initiatives. That is why we are inspecting clinics through ongoing intensified scrutiny to be rolled out upcountry,” he said.
It is expected that suspended clinics will apply for authorization to resume operations after adjusting to required standards.