Rwanda Defence Force hosts EAC Armed Forces Medical Outreach

By IGIHE
On 29 June 2019 at 11:17

Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) along with contingents from Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda have started a one-week East African Community Armed Forces medical outreach in district hospitals of Bugesera, Kayonza, Nyagatare and Rwamagana in the Eastern Province.

Activities will culminate into the celebrations of Liberation in Rwanda on 4th July 2019 in line with the decision of the EAC Sectorial Council on Cooperation in Defence held on 6th April 2019 in Tanzania.

Col Dr. Jean Chrysostome Kagimbana, Commandant of Rwanda Military Hospital (RMH) explained that it is an opportunity for learning from each other and foster cooperation between regional armed forces.

“Citizens get a chance to have free medical care from different medical experts. Therefore, we call on everyone to come for treatment,” he said.

In Rwamagana District where the Kenya Defence Force (KDF) medical contingent was deployed, Col Dr Justino Muinde noted that this is a rotational exercise as the last one was held in Uganda and they will keep it that way.

At Bugesera District Hospital, the Ugandan Contingent leader, Col Dr Joseph Asea lauded the event saying that it builds togetherness thus making EAC agenda’s achievable. “Since last year, the Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) activities were conducted in the spirit of the brotherhood. We are one, and have a common target. Generally, the turn up is good and it has been lauded by the patients and host country,” he said.

In April this year, RDF launched the Citizen Outreach Programme 2019 (COP 2019) during which the Force carries out various activities geared towards socio-economic development of Rwanda and its citizens as per RDF mandate. During this three-month exercise, 137,900 patients are expected to benefit from healthcare services.

RDF launched the Citizen Outreach Programme 2019
These activities will culminate into the celebrations of Liberation in Rwanda on 4th July 2019
It is an opportunity for learning from each other and foster cooperation between regional armed forces. said Col Dr. Jean Chrysostome Kagimbana

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