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Rwanda encourages private investments in the Health Sector

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Kigali: Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi has said that Rwanda lauds the efforts of the private sector which have helped in the fight to improve the quality of health care across the country.

The Premier, who was officiating the opening of the 4th East Africa Healthcare Federation Conference, stressed that though people tend to think primarily about the public sector – when it comes to health systems, and give less importance to the private sector, the latter needs to be given due attention.

“The main role of governments in the health sector should primarily be setting vision, policy and regulations, and national planning for universal coverage with quality care. Efforts of the Private Sector have helped, and are still helping [Rwanda] to improve the quality of health care.”

Prime Minister Murekezi further added that the private sector has to take the lead when it comes to implementing programmes meant to improve health care. This can be done through quality clinical services, health insurance, investments in health infrastructure, equipment and drugs supply in partnership with government.

Rwanda has recorded notable strides in the health sector. The country counts 70 private pharmacies wholesale, 249 retail pharmacies, 206 private health facilities – including two hospitals, 19 polyclinics, and 65 clinics.

Themed “the role of the private sector in financial sustainability of healthcare delivery systems”, the three-day conference – which started on 17th May and is slated to come to a close on 19th May 2015 – brings together delegates from the East African region. (End)


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