Rwanda Military Hospital to reduce medical travel

According to KT Press, Rwanda Military Hospital is set to unveil a state-of-the-art radiotherapy centre that will provide patients with comprehensive cancer care. It is hoped the facility, in addition to Shyira and Butaro cancer centres, will reduce individual and government spend of over US$500million on treatment outside the country especially India, China and Kenya.

The article says it costs patients between US$8,000 and US$12,000 to seek treatment abroad. The new facility, which is still being tested, will operate as a center for cancer treatment. However, the country still suffers limited number of Oncologists to perform the needed treatment. Available records from the Ministry of Health indicate that there are 3 – 5 Oncologists in the country.

Dr. Jose Bufill, a specialised Hematology Oncologist based in Indiana, United States, is expected in the country to partner with Rwanda Military Hospital to raise awareness and treatment of breast cancer.