While people in Gihundwe are in positive mood after getting kidney care equipment, it is a different story from Bushenge Hospital in Nyamasheke District where a patient monitor worth Rwf 1.5 million has recently been stolen, only three months the hospital lost the whereabouts of another monitor which was even stronger that the former.
It is all about cheers for residents in Rusizi Districts as Gihundwe District Hospital gets new equipment to operating people with Kidney difficulties, cutting short long distance journeys for patients looking for kidney services far away from the hospital.
The hospital started to use equipment since May but its services were officially inaugurated last weekend. With the equipment’s services to be accessed by even Health insurance holders, a move which foreign clients, who talked to Bwiza.com, hailed the government for doing all possible ways to ease healthcare for the community’s interest.
Congolese Sabine Rubibi, 62, has been accessing the services provided by the equipment. She says she has been struggling to afford making circulations going to Kigali for kidney care and decided to stay in Kigali because her home hospital in Bukavu does not provide kidney care services.
She said, “When I faced kidney difficulties, I went to the nearest hospital in Bukavu but their service were too expensive to afford and they told me to go to Faisal in March. I stayed there for a long while taking care of my kidney and I started to feel a bit better. I later noticed that the same service is available here [Gihundwe Hospital], the nurses are taking good care of my kidney during the last two months and I am getting better and better”
She adds that the kidney care services are much more affordable there than in Bukavu Hospital which demands 300 for an operation session, laboratory exams and medicine exclusive, while she pays at least USD 100 for the same service in Gihundwe.
Dr Placide Nshizirungu, the Director General of Gihundwe Hospital, says the service was brought in the hospital, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and ‘Africa Healthcare Network’, hoping to improve health service in the community.
Despite the high cost of the equipment, the Ministry of Health looks to make the kidney services from this equipment more affordable for the community’s health interests, making it clear that life is more expensive than the equipment.
However, there is a concern that the country still lacks enough kidney care specialists, because there are only three in the country while at least 10 are needed to cover kidney care, the case which the Ministry is aware of and looking to address it as long as the specialists are found.
Theft of medical equipment in Bushenge Hospital
While people in Gihundwe are in positive mood after getting kidney care equipment since May, it is a different story from Bushenge Hospital in Nyamasheke District where a patient monitor worth Rwf 1.5 million has recently been stolen, only three months the hospital lost the whereabouts of another monitor which was even stronger that the former.
Edmond Nkurikiyimana, the accountant of the hospital told Bwiza.com that the patient monitor was stolen two weeks ago.
He said “we once again lost a very important monitor used for internal medical care and was able to provide standard results of different exams at the same time, and it is less than three months since we lost another monitor of the same value”.
He added that, in collaboration with the police, investigations are ongoing to find out who could be behind the theft of this equipment where three nurses and one a doctor are suspected to be at the centre of the action. They are on duty, though.
It all started on June 24th, when the team that worked on the evening shift have reportedly not handed over the equipment to who came for another shift in the morning. The team that worked on the day shift said there was no hand over of the equipment, including the patient monitor which went on missing.
The hospital has decided to demand tighter security by increasing the number of security guards from 6 to 10, at least so they can successfully check the hospital’s customers.
It also plans to install Cross-Circuit TVs in the hospital to monitor any theft attempt.
The hospital now remains with only two patient monitors out of four that it had before they were stolen. The four monitors were, however, not enough the hospital because it still need at least 20 monitors.
Patients blame the administration
Some of the patients at the hospital insist the blame should go to the hospital’s administration and staff who lack the management experience in their every day job.
“The president gave us the hospital after it collapsed due to earthquake, and ranked it at the provincial level given the services it provides as well as excellent nurses and doctors it carries. However, they have been incapable of taking to manage its equipment. Is the president also supposed to be responsible for the hospital management?” a patient wondered.
In 2014, a personal computer was stolen in this hospital, the following year, six mattresses were stolen by a stranger who was arrested and was sentences to prison.
While investigations are ongoing, those who were suspected of stealing the former monitor were released and were back to their job at the hospital.
The hospital insists the staff could be behind the theft monitors stolen so far, although investigations are ongoing and deny the fact that people from outside are the ones who steal them because they hardly know where the monitors are kept.
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