The house named ‘Rotary House for Cancer Patients’ was completed at Rwf 51 million and has the capacity to accommodate 25 patients.
The facility from where patients will rest and commute to the hospital during treatment was handed over to Gasabo district officials on Friday 28th May 2021.
The President of Rotary Club Kigali-Virunga, Jwala Vijay Kumar has said that the project was implemented to facilitate cancer patients with no means to afford accommodation as they get treatment at Kanombe Military Hospital.
“The treatment takes between three to six weeks for patients getting radiotherapy treatment at Kanombe Military Hospital from across the country. Some people were advised to stay in Kigali as they get treatment yet some of them cannot afford accommodation expenses in hotels or don’t have friends to receive them. They would prefer to spend days in slums and unhygienic places where they were exposed to infections,” he said.
“That is why we decided to provide a comfortable house where they will stay as they get treatment,” he added.
The executive secretary of Gasabo district, Pauline Umwali thanked Rotary Club for the newly renovated house replacing old structures that have been idle.
“The district had not yet got means to renovate old structures until Rotary Club Virunga provided support so that the house can be used by cancer patients. We are grateful for this kind gesture in no smaller part,” she noted.
Umwali explained that the district will maintain collaboration with different partners to take care of patients of the facility be it the provision of food and cleaning the house among others.
All services at the house will be offered for free.
Renovations of the ‘Rotary House for Cancer Patients’ started in 2019 until 2021.
Rotary Club Kigali-Virunga built the house in partnership with various partners including Kibagabaga Hospital, Kanombe Military Hospital, non-profit organizations from Germany and the United States of America and US embassy in Rwanda among others.
Rotary club is an organization purposed to bring together businesses and professionals to provide humanitarian services and providing support in addressing problems facing the world by combating illiteracy and poverty, contributing to the provision of safe water, handling disputes and fighting disease.
Rwanda has six clubs of Rotary Club including, Kigali Mont Jali, Musanze, Kigali Virunga, Kigali Doyen, Gasabo and Butare.