Masaka Hospital in Kicukiro district will soon be upgraded into a University teaching hospital Ubwenge reports.
This development comes after Rwanda and China have signed a deal that will pave way for a feasibility study before expansion works begins.
Jean Pierre Nyemazi, the Permanent secretary in the ministry of health representing Rwanda Ministry of Health and Chancellor Zheng Liong of China signed the deal.
In 2015 the Chinese government donated 1,624,000 USD worth of laboratory kits, consultation machines, baby incubators, syringes, an ambulance, and other kinds of equipment to Masaka Hospital.
The transformation of Masaka Hospital into a University teaching hospital follows government decision to shift University teaching hospital of Kigali (CHUK) to the Masaka facility.
Julien Mahoro, the director of media relations in ministry of health says the feasibility study will be followed by the development of architectural designs and a 36-month period of construction.
“The reconstructions will be done soon before CHUK; the University teaching hospital of Kigali is shifted to Masaka,” Mahoro said.
“This project has many partners including the government of Rwanda. After they have all met and discussed, we will be able to mention details regarding finance,” he explained.
Besides upgrading Masaka Hospital, China will be constructing 54-kilometers of roads in Kigali, building vocational schools, and promoting government-to-government cooperation, among other projects which will accelerate development.
The Chinese have significant investments in Rwanda in sectors such as ICT, construction, manufacturing, hotels and restaurants, and finance, which according to Rwanda Development Board (RDB) have a combined worth of more than $200 million.