22 August 2019

Construction of the US $100m
hospital in Rwanda is set to begin early next year and be concluded after three
years. This is according to the Ministry of Health.

Malick Kayumba, the Spokesperson
of the Ministry of Health said construction of the hospital which will be the
new University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (CHUK), will be located in Masaka. In February, the
government intended to relocate CHUK from the Central Business District but not
much – including cost estimates of the new facility – was, at the time

“Currently, the Chinese are in
the process of recruiting a construction company and the budget is put at US
$100m. The new project will bring on board 837 beds and this is a significant
boost to the health sector,” said Malick Kayumba.

Malick Kayumba explained that
CHUK’s current location – opposite Kigali Serena Hotel, is a prime plot
designated for apartments. The present CHUK was constructed in 1918 and it
started operations in 1928. Initially, it operated as a health centre before
upgrading to a hospital, in 1965. The facility currently serves as a referral

She further noted that all
aspects were being handled by the Ministry of Health and the designs for the
facility’s new location were being wrapped up, with the help of the Chinese

Since the genocide, Rwanda has
doubled its life expectancy and now offers a replicable model for delivery of
high quality health care with limited resources. Over the last ten years, the
county’s health system development has led to the most dramatic improvements of
health in history.

Rwanda is the only country in sub-Saharan Africa on track to meet most of the Millennium Development Goals. Deaths from HIV, TB, and malaria have each dropped by roughly 80% over the last decade and the maternal mortality ratio dropped by 60 percent over the same period.

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