Residents of Northern and Western provinces who used to travel long distances to seek kidney treatment either in Kigali or elsewhere will no longer do so following the opening of a dialysis centre at Rubavu Hospital last week.
The dialysis centre brought relief to the patients in a region who could only get these services in Kigali or in Huye District.
It may be used for those with an acute disturbance in kidney function (acute kidney injury, previously acute renal failure or progressive but chronically worsening kidney function, a state known as chronic kidney disease stage 5).
The centre was constructed by Gisenyi Hospital in partnership with Africa Healthcare Network.
Dr Patrick Ndimubanzi, the State Minister in charge of Primary Health Care, commended the initiative but took the opportunity to urge Rwandans to take precautionary measures to prevent contracting such lifestyle diseases whose treatment is very costly.
He said sports and avoiding excessive consumption of salts and avoiding sitting for long hours, could be enough to prevent oneself from kidney complications.