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Nyamasheke residents decry exhausting treks to access health services

By IGIHE
On 22 January 2021 at 02:04

Residents of Susa cell, Kanjongo sector of Nyamasheke district express frustrations over long walks to access health services in far distant health facilities.

As they explained, they seek health services in Macuba sector after walking for two hours and half yet they have a health post in the neighborhood which is almost useless.

Habiyeze Damascène, one of residents has said that it is unfortunate to make such long walks due to poor service at the health post built in neighborhood.

“Health workers at the health post are often absent because they live far. We walk long distance for two and half hours to access health services in Mataba of Macuba sector yet there is health post closer to our homes. It is so saddening,” he said.
Macuba residents appeal for support so that the health post can be operational from morning hours.

“You can understand how serious the problem is because you can fall sick overnight and find no one at the health post in the morning. We need advocacy so that nurses can be present at work early every day to access health services closer to our homes. That is why the Government built the health post,” said Tuyishime Vestine.

The vice mayor for social affairs in Nyamasheke district, Mukamana Claudette has said that they are seeking a durable solution.

“The health post is no longer offering goods services as before. We are going to engage with the management of nearby health center so that the health post can be operation every day to facilitate access to health services,” she said.

The Government of Rwanda targets universal easy access to health services by 2024 whereby every cell will have own health post.

The Government of Rwanda targets universal easy access to health services by 2024 whereby every cell will have own health post.

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