Rwanda: Mahama Refugee Camp Gets Second Health Center Worth Rwf350 Million

The Ministry of Health has inaugurated a second health center in Mahama Refugee Camp. According to authorities, the facility Rwf350 million worth facility will be delivering cesarean sections and blood transfusion services at the camp that is based in Kirehe District.

At least 140 deliveries are conducted in the Mahama Refugee camp every month with 70 of these being conducted at Mahama Refugee Camp II alone.

Due to obstetric complications, 60 per cent pregnant women were previously referred to Kirehe District Hospital and 40 per cent of these referrals resulted in caesarian section, officials explained.

Zachee Iyakaremye, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, said that providing caesarian section and blood transfusion services will reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, referrals to Kirehe District Hospital and cost by bringing the services closer to refugees and residents from the host community.

“Mothers used to spend hours on bumpy roads while heading to hospitals were they would undergo cesarean section operations. This could result in maternal mortality and morbidity. Providing these emergency services within the camp will reduce the risks of maternal morbidity and mortality,” he said adding Mahama Refugee Camp II Medicalized Health Centre was constructed in partnership with Save the Children.

As with maternal deaths, neonatal deaths are equally of concern estimated at 19 per 1000 live births.

Under-five mortality stands at 50 per 1000, while infant mortality stands at 33 per 1000 live births across the country according to the Health Demographic Survey 2019-2020.