BUJUMBURA February 2nd (ABP) – Improving health infrastructure and equipment coverage is one of the major activities carried out at the Ministry of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS, for the second quarter of 2022-2023.
Indeed, during the presentation of the achievements, the Minister in charge of Health, Sylvie Nzeyimana, announced the opening of a physiotherapy service at the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) and at the hospitals of Muyinga and Ijenda, adding that the equipment worth around 65 billion BIF has been ordered abroad in order to decentralize certain specialized services to the beneficiaries. She also spoke of the inauguration of two health facilities: the “Mother-child” community hospital of Nyamabuye in Isare commune (Bujumbura Rural) and the “Wakize” clinic in Gitega.
Regarding capacity building of health human resources, she cited the training by the INSP of 20 graduates of the second cohort of the training program in basic field epidemiology, the training of health promotion technicians, mothers-lights and community health workers in the Gisuru, Kinyinya and Murore districts of the provinces of Ruyigi and Cankuzo under the “Tubeho neza” project.
The minister responsible for public health did not fail to mention the holding on November 22, 2022, in Bujumbura, of the international conference on informatics in the field of health in Africa, the main objective of which was the promotion of education and research, as well as the implementation of ethical, modern, evidence-based health informatics to improve access to quality health care in Africa. She also pointed out the organization, by the Ministry and the Burundi Association of Surgery (ABUC), of the 16th congress of the Burundi Association of Surgery, which was an opportunity to share between teachers, researchers and health professionals, new technological advances in the field of surgery.
As for the celebrations of special health events, Mrs. Nzeyimana said that Burundi has joined other nations of the world to celebrate World AIDS Day, 2022 edition and World Mental Health Day. The ministry also celebrated World Heart Day and World Patient Safety Day, before adding that it celebrated the centenary of the Gitega Regional Hospital on December 9, 2022.