He made the promise on Saturday 10th August 2019 during his visit to Gakenke district where he visited different development projects and held discussions with staff and management of Ruli Hospital in the aforementioned district that were given the floor to raise their concerns.
Premier Ngirente was accompanied by other Government officials including the Minister of Health, Dr. Diane Gashumba; the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Dr. Ndagijimana Uzziel; the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Kayisire Marie Solange; the Governor of Northern Province, Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi among others.
Ruli Hospital works with 9 health centers and 764 community-based health workers. The hospital also offers congenital malformations services.
It has 121 workers of whom 41% are contracted employees while the salary for the rest is catered by Ruli Hospital.
The Director-General of Ruli Hospital, Dr. Deogratias Kaneza said that inadequate personnel and lack of contracts for approximately 40% of them (receiving Rwf 12 million) are among the faced challenges.
“It is a common problem also experienced by health centers yet 20% of 40% of employees without contracts meet requirements qualifying them to be paid by the Government,” he said.
Dr. Kaneza explained that the hospital has only 2 ambulances while roads in the area are poor hence making the transfer of patients from health centers difficult.
Lacking a specialist doctor and Rwf 180 million Mutuelle de Santé arrears were among other problems reported to Premier Ngirente.
Theophila Niyonsenga, a midwife at Ruli Hospital also raised the concern of healthcare practitioners who don’t get promotions and an inadequate motivational fee.
Premier Ngirente told the staff and management of the hospital that the Government is holding discussions with relevant institutions including the Ministry of Health to address some of the raised concerns.
“Province officials, the Ministry of Health and other relevant institutions will keep holding discussions to seek a durable solution to improve health practitioners’ wellbeing and address problems related to motivational fee, inadequate ambulances, and water among other infrastructures,” he said.
During his visit to Gakenke district, Premier Ngirente also visited Ruli Higher Institute of Health where students and the management requested the introduction of a bachelor’s degree in midwifery and nursing courses.
He advised the management of the school to keep in touch with the Ministry of Health and Higher Education Council for an inspection that might lead to approving the request if requirements are met.