The management of the Fund for Support to Genocide Survivors (FARG) has announced that it will spend Rwf 130million on special medical treatment of survivors this fiscal year.
Addressing reporters yesterday, Theophile Ruberangeyo, Director of FARG said that the money will be availed by the fund with support from the ministries of Local Government and Health.
“This amount will cover the treatment of survivors with mental illness, epilepsy and those with unhealed wounds on their bodies. So far, we have registered 17,504 survivors with such cases,” he stated.
Ruberangeyo mentioned that, they are currently conducting a census of survivors who need special treatment at health centres nearest to their home areas around the country.
“These people need special medical attention because they have complicated health cases,” he noted.
He also disclosed that over Rwf 48million had been spent on the treatment of 1,280 people with similar cases across the country, over the last three months.
A total of US$39,104 covered the treatment costs of four survivors who were flown abroad for treatment.
Ruberangeyo appealed to the general public to donate to the survivors, adding that they need special attention as a result of their travails during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
“We are urging all the survivors who need special medical treatment to come out and be registered at their nearby health centres countrywide,” he said.