Bigirimana builds Shs 600m health centre in Kisoro

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development, Pius Bigirimana has built a Shs 600m community health centre in memory of his late sister, Clare Nsenga.

It was built at the border town of Cyanika in Kisoro district, and is complete with an out-patients department, a fully equipped Maternity Ward and furnished staff units.

According to Bigirimana, the money for the project was fundraised by family members and friends from Mercy Action, Norwich Diocese and St. Thomas Church in the United States.

One of the mothers who delivered at the health centre.

The project is under the Clare Nsenga Foundation that targets saving the lives of mothers in Kisoro district and neighbouring countries like Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda commended Bigirimana for the initiative that he said was in line with government policy to make healthcare more affordable and accessible.

Rugunda expressed gratitude that the centre is already being used as a health education centre with community outreaches on hygiene.

“As I was going around, the level of hygiene, organization and happiness I saw among the mothers who delivered over the last 24 hours, is clear evidence that this centre is exceptional and will help our people,” Rugunda said.

Three mothers had given birth at the facility in the night leading to the opening ceremony.
Rugunda said government is committed to support the health facility financially and technically.