The proposed changes involve the relocation of various hospital services to different areas as part of a phased approach to facilitate the upcoming construction project.
Dr. Nsanzimana outlined the forthcoming developments, stating that the existing yellow storey building near the Musanze-Rubavu highway would be demolished to make way for the new hospital. The construction is expected to extend from the current location to the adjacent premises.
Addressing the committee, Dr. Nsanzimana emphasized the need for the relocation of certain services to facilitate the removal of existing structures, stating, "As we embark on the construction of the new Ruhengeri Hospital, certain services will be moved to other hospitals to facilitate the removal of buildings. Among them is the yellow-painted building along the road, which is slated for removal."
Highlighting specific plans, the Minister stated, "Our strategy involves maintaining midwifery and pediatric services at the current location, while all other services will be relocated. Shyira Hospital has been identified as one of the relocation sites due to available space and existing shared services. This strategic move aims to minimize inconvenience for the local community by ensuring accessible healthcare services without the need for long journeys."
The redevelopment project is scheduled to commence in June 2024, with an estimated cost of Rwf103 billion. The planned changes signify a significant step toward enhancing healthcare infrastructure in the region while strategically managing the transition of services during the construction period.