He made the disclosure in a session with the General Assembly of the Lower Chamber of Parliament on December 19, 2023.
Minister Ndagijimana addressed parliamentarians, detailing the country’s active pursuit of funding for the reconstruction of Gisenyi Hospital. Seeking approval from the Assembly, he also presented various loan projects aimed at supporting the nation’s development initiatives.
During the session, concerns surfaced among Members of Parliament (MPs) regarding Gisenyi Hospital’s initial construction in an open area. MP Ntezimana Jean Claude emphasized the urgent need for attention to the hospital, citing its significant patient influx and substantial damage caused by earthquakes.
Expressing observations about the hospital’s current state, MP Ntezimana stated, "When you get there, there is overcrowding in the services we have visited. You can also look at other towns like Rusizi and Huye, although there is patient overcrowding."
Minister Ndagijimana acknowledged the challenges faced by Gisenyi Hospital, attributing severe damage to earthquakes following the Nyiragongo volcanic eruption in May 2021.
In response, he revealed the government’s plan to relocate Gisenyi Hospital to Rugerero, underlining the necessity for substantial funds. However, specific details regarding the required amount for the hospital’s reconstruction were not disclosed. Despite financial challenges, Minister Ndagijimana assured the plenary session that efforts to secure funding for the project are underway.
Moreover, it was highlighted that Gisenyi Hospital, originally constructed in 1930, faced destruction not only from earthquakes but also from accidents involving large vehicles with malfunctioning brakes colliding with the hospital premises.