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Burundi unveils new hospital
BUJUMBURA, Burundi – Burundi has built a new national referral hospital which was officially opened by President Pierre Nkurunziza during a colourful ceremony last week.
However Kira Hospital will be begin actual operations at the end of March 2015.
Nkurunziza thanked all the sponsors behind the project and welcomed the partnership between Swiss private investors and Burundi. Those involved included SOCABU, CAMEBU, ONPR and SOBUGEA which allowed to erect the buildings. Total cost of theproject has been put at BIF 28 billion (about $17 million).
The President said Kira Hosptial comes up to the expectations of different patients and will help limit the need for medical referrals abroad. “Apart from several specialties will now be available on the spot, the Kira Hospital will ensure a better quality of care, but also to reduce significantly, the high number of medical evacuations abroad, the expense for families, insurance and social security companies,” he said.
He congratulated the initiators and others involved with the project, describing it as “a very noble deed.”
He invited all companies operating in the country to be creative and work with the government by creating additional similar service structures for the population.
The Head of State also recalled that among the priorities of the government, flawless accessibility to health facilities by the population come first. He invited all involved in this sector to work tirelessly to the continual improvement of the health care conditions for citizens.
He also revealed that according to the National Health Policy, it is planned, in the near future, to implement the Universal Health Coverage in order to build a Burundi where all persons, without exceptions, have access to promotional, preventive and curative high-quality health care services.
According to the representative of the hospital Board, the centre will offer an ultra- modern technical platform and international standards involving multiple medical units.
He cited, among others, the maternity ward, neonatology and paediatrics; the medical service with all medical specialties such as cardiology, pneumology, gastroenterology including endoscopy and psychiatry.
“The new hospital also has a response unit to dialysis currently single in Burundi, a molecular biology and anatomopathology service. There is also a radiology unit with mammography, digital radiography, specialized ultrasound, scanner, to name but a few,” he said.
He said the primary objective of the initiators of this hospital is to be integrated into the health landscape of Burundi in its development by combining all health partners who are willing to accompany them.
Onesime Nduwimana, the General Manager of SOCABU (Burundi insurance company) said, “The opening of Kira Hospital coincides with the promotion of health insurance. With that new product, the SOCABU intends to ensure full support very high level of medical care for its clients and their beneficiaries.”