(President Paul Kagame at the Rwanda Cancer Center)
President Paul Kagema on Tuesday launched a state-of-the-art cancer facility dubbed “The Rwanda Cancer Center”. The facility is already saving lives with several hundred patients having been treated.
Speaking at the inauguration of the facility, Kagame said, “We have been spending large sums of money to send a few patients abroad each year for cancer treatment. We don’t have a lot of money in the first place, but then large sums of money were being spent treating a few patients but we have many patients to treat.”
He went on to say, “We need to take that into account and that is really the importance of the centre we have here and what we see in the near future as the extension of it to accommodate many other things.”
President Kagame’s intention with the Cancer Center is to accommodate many Rwandans who would otherwise not able to afford traveling abroad be able to get such services nearby.
“Many more Rwandans will now be able to get the care they need with their families close by.” He said.
He is determined to do a lot more in the health care system in general,
“Definitely we still have a lot of work to do, but this is the kind of progress we are pursuing in our health care system in general. Prevention is just as important as cure.”