Rwanda, Egypt in final stages of establishing heart disease management center

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 8 September 2020 at 04:00

Minister of Health Dr. Ngamije Daniel has said that Rwanda and Egypt are in the final stages of discussions on the establishment of a heart care center that will help Rwanda and Africa as a whole.

Minister Ngamije made the remarks on Monday, as Rwanda received 1.5 tonnes of supplies from Egypt to help Rwanda fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said Rwanda and Egypt have always been cooperative in the field of health, both in medicine and research and there are other projects they are working on together.

“There is an agency we are talking to that will be helping us in the future in treating people with heart disease. We are in final discussions. In the coming days we will sign an agreement to allow the center to operate from here in Rwanda,” said the minister

Minister Ngamije did not say much about the project, either when it will start or when the center will be set up.

Egypt’s ambassador to Rwanda, Ahmed El Ansary, also said the two countries are working together so that in the future they will announce one of the largest projects in the field of health.

“It will be a great project, which will help Rwanda but also help our other African countries. We are still improving the project but what I would say is that it is a big project, a major project in the relationship between Egypt and Rwanda. We are in the final stages, hoping to reach an agreement, sign it and announce everything in it.” added the Ambassador

Egypt is considered to be the most advanced on the continent in the field of cardiovascular medicine, and researchers have shown that Egyptian Princess Ahmose-Meryet-Amon, who lived more than 3,500 years ago, would be the first to have had a heart attack case confirmed by doctors.

If the center was set up, it would support many Rwandans with heart disease, who needed medical treatment and travel abroad, in countries such as India and South Africa.

Egypt's ambassador to Rwanda, Ahmed El Ansary standing with the Minister of Health Dr. Ngamije Daniel