In collaboration with Ministry of Education, Rwanda Military Hospital, Drew Care International, Society for Family Health International Rwanda, the US Defense Department of the US Embassy in Rwanda, Jhpiego of John Hopkins University and Nyarugenge District; the College officially launched one week outreach activities in Mageragere and Butamwa Health Centers of Mageragere Sector. This community outreach is part of the students’ and staff’s Itorero Imparanirabuzima.
Prof. Phil Cotton, the Principal of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences thanked the Mayor of Nyarugenge District to have honored the College’s request to conduct the outreach in her district. He further thanked partners and Mageragere residents to allow staff and students of the college to spend time with them in their health promotion and screening activities. He highlighted on the important of outreach activities in students’ teaching learning process.
Prof. phillip Cotton with Mayor Mukasonga Solange
“We have to express our commitment to the serve the communities around us through outreach activities. Community outreach is very important for one simple reason; this is one of the pillars our training of medical and health professionals. When we conduct such activities, our students get the real picture of the communities they serve and also acquire new skills to work in situations other the hospital settings effectively and efficiently,” Prof. Phil Cotton reiterated.
He further appreciated the district’s support in students’ acquisition of the necessary skills. “Every time one of you meets the College’s students, you teach them how to communicate and care for patients. You also teach them to appreciate the society we live in and then inspire them to serve it”.
He at last indicated that the College’s clinical and teaching activities cannot be achieved if students and staff do not show love to one another, to the patients and the communities the College serves.
Mayor Mukasonga Solange giving her address
The Mayor of Nyarugenge District, Mukasonga Solange commended the University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences for outreaching Mageragere Sector. She called upon people to benefit from consultation, health promotion and screening services offered by the College’s crew.
She appealed to the college send some specialists from its different departments for a certain period to back few health professionals dispatched in the district’s health centers. Those urgently needed as noticed on the sites are dentists, environmental health and public health specialists and ophthalmic officers among others.
The Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Education, Honorable Sharon HABA who officially opened the outreach thanked the University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences and their partners for giving value to the education of students through the community service.
“On behalf of the Ministry of Education, I am very proud to partner with you in ensuring that the lives of Rwandans are well taken care of. This is gives hope of future generation understanding the values of Rwanda through serving the people,” she said.
Honorable Sharon HABA called on other higher learning institutions in Rwanda to engage in community services aimed at raising the communities’ profile in agriculture, science and technology, business, and other specialties.
“Through similar activities like the ones we witnessed today, students learn more when they serve the people and it is one way to get experience required on the job market,” she underlined.
Among the activities to be offered freely during this week include health promotion sessions in injury prevention, first aid, sexual and reproductive health, family planning, nutrition and hygiene promotion. In addition, people are screened of intestinal worms, HIV, Hepatitis B and C, oral health and dental problems. They are also to benefit from ophthalmic services and free male circumcision using prepex technique.
The College community also paid Health Insurance to 244 needy people in Mageragere Sector amounting to 734,000 Rwandan Francs.
A student volunteer attending to a patient