NGOMA/RWAMAGANA – Over 2000 community health workers in Ngoma and Rwamagana districts, on Tuesday, received mobile telephones.
According to the Ngoma vice Mayor in charge of Social Affairs, Ephigine Mukandora, the donation was a fulfillment of President Paul Kagame’s pledge to the recipients.
She said that the community health workers will use the phones to communicate more easily, while serving the people.
“We are using various incentives to motivate and retain community health workers who are serving primarily as volunteers in child health and nutrition programmes in our country,” said Mukandora.
Neheme Uwimana, the Mayor of Rwamagana, thanked the President for his continuous support to health initiatives.
“The donation demonstrates the President’s tireless care for the people. The phones will help them, for instance, to call for a doctor or an ambulance in time to save seriously ill residents,” Uwimana noted.
Athanase Gahongayire, one of the beneficiaries in Musha Sector, said that the phones would simplify communication.
“Our President keeps his words…I knew that we would get these phones at some point. It will now be easier for me to call an ambulance from Rwamagana in case of an emergency in our remote village,” she said.
Ngoma and Rwamagana districts have vowed to promote family planning, maternal care, health insurance and HIV testing.