Constructed in 2008, Gikomero Health Center was constructed by full technical and financial support of Health Development and Performance (HDP). As various people explain, this hospital is a big impact to Gikomero as a sector since it was the first health center in the whole sector. “Before the construction of this health centre, our Population traveled long distance beyond five kilometers or more than hour to seek medical services elsewhere, such as in the surrounding areas like Kayanga, Nyagasambu, Rwamagana, Ndera, Bumbogo and everywhere." Mujawayezu Aurelie Deputy head of this hospital testifies. This center also helps people from neighboring sectors too.
Since 2009, this health center has a large variety of medical services it offers. Health care services are rendered in the center through various departments including but not limited to the observation and well equipped laboratory for different a whole range of tests. The Health center has concluded collaboration agreements with health insurances like RSSB, MMI, and many more private health insurances to allow patients access healthcare services easily.
It is 7h30 AM, we are traveling from Kimironko to Gikomero Health Centre, 20 Km away from the Headquarter of Health Development and Performance (HDP) organization, one of the Development Partners of Gasabo District.
This health center shows the mission of HDP, which consists of strengthening the Rwandan communities’ in particular and African in general in implementation of joint or individual actions by using available and appropriate means in contributing to achieving the welfare of the population; improving the quality of social services; encouraging the population to actively participate in development, to use and appreciate services and innovating adapted solutions to newly identified needs.
Jean Claude Hassan Mpakaniye explains, “We use the Health Center as an opportunity to deliver to the Public quality health care service while at the same time providing them with the right information about the health on Communicable and Non communicable diseases.“
On Saturday September 22, 2018 Health Development and Performance (HDP) held three events in line with its continuous support to improve lives of local community in Gikomero Sector of Gasabo District, in the City of Kigali. They visited the Rutunga genocide memorial center, visited the health center and later visited genocide survivors in Rudakabukirwa Village.
HDP Staff started the visit to Rutunga Genocide Memorial to Honor the victims of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi. After brief Introduction on the massacres that happened in Rutunga, HDP Staff, Sector officials and the Gasabo District representatives toured the memorial and observed a minute of silence to honor all Tutsis killed during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsis. They also placed flowers on the grave which accommodates over 100 remains of Tutsis. The president of “Ibuka” in Rutunga sector pointed out that many Tutsis were thrown in Lake Muhazi. This is why there was a building built near this lake as a remembrance site. Speaking at the Event, the Deputy Legal Representative of HDP board Nsengiyumva Bernard said that this action is a way to comfort survivors, honoring the departed and to make sure genocide never happens again.
After visiting the Rutunga Genocide Memorial Centre, HDP delegation and Gasabo district officials headed to Gikomero Health Centre to officially handover to the health Centre a well-constructed security fence surrounding the Gikomero Health Centre which was also constructed with a 100% contribution of HDP. As explained by Nsengiyumva Bernard, this fence cost about 15 million Rwandan Francs and it was made to ensure the security for both the health centre and its patients.
After the event, the delegation also joined Genocide Survivors in Rudakabukirwa village to celebrate the electricity grid which was connected to their houses, thanks to seven million Rwandan francs provided by HDP as part of the continued support to the wellbeing of local population of Gikomero Sector. Beneficiaries were happy of this project and they thanked HDP for it but as Mukantaganda Florence pointed out there were other challenges like access to clean water that were hindering their wellbeing.
In his speech, Mberabahizi Raymond pointed out that partners like HDP are key to reaching to district projects. He said “It is very inspiring to see a Rwandan NGO partnering with the District to improve the socio-economic lives of citizens.” According to HDP officials, the organization will continue to work closely with the district to make sure that its contribution is playing positive role in the development of Gasabo District in general and in Gikomero sector particulary.