The facilities include Ruhengeri, Rwamagana, Kabgayi, Butaro, Kibogora, Kibagabaga, Nyamata and Byumba hospitals. They are an addition to existing teaching hospitals namely; Kigali University Teaching Hospital (CHUK), Butare University Teaching Hospital (CHUB), Ndera and Kanombe hospitals.
Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi, the Executive Secretary of Rwanda Human Resources for Health (HRH) has explained that the development aligns with the government’s 10-year plan to increase doctors, nurses, midwives and specialists.
“We want to increase the number of healthcare workers and services offered in Rwanda,” he said.
Dr. Ndimubanzi has explained that the country targets to hit the number of 6513 healthcare workers who will graduate in ten years between 2020 and 2030.
Among others, Dr. Ndimubanzi disclosed that the country seeks to increase the number of students enrolled in general nursing every year from 80 or 100 to 200.
As he said, an assessment in terms of equipment, personnel and quality of services is conducted before giving such facilities the status of teaching hospitals.
“Firstly, we consider the number of workers. If we want to give particular facilities the status of teaching hospitals, we make placements of a large number of specialists. Secondly, we provide equipment to offer new services. Thirdly, we upgrade buildings where necessary,” he noted.
For instance, new buildings are being erected at Kabgayi Hospital. These include maternity wards with 120 beds and rooms for surgery. Such upgrades enable teaching hospitals to offer improved services.