Five years ago, Cassien Karekezi, a resident of Bugesera District, Rweru Sector, started feeling pain in the abdomen near his groin area.
He went to the health center in his neighborhood but the medication he received didn’t help. The swelling continued and travelled many times from Rweru where he lives to Nyamata Hospital which cost him a lot of money and time.
He also tried using traditional herbal medicament as advised by neighbours but this also did not help.
“It started as a small swelling and it became bigger as time went on. Recently, it approached my private parts and it brought about severe pain on my body,” he recounts.
Karekezi, a father of five children was written an appointment to meet a surgeon and when he arrived at ADEPR Nyamata, a successful surgery operation was conducted by the Rwanda Defense Force (RDF).
“I feel well and at ease and I hope to recover very soon and start working for my family again with no more burden of visiting the health center,” he told journalists at Nyamata Hospital a day after he was operated.
During all this time, Karekezi was suffering from the inguinal hernia. This develops when fatty or intestinal tissues push through a weakness in the abdominal wall near the right or left inguinal canal.
Karekezi is one of thousands of patients who have benefited from free health services provided to Rwandans in the RDF Citizen Outreach Programme 2018.
In Bugesera District, Karekezi is among 1300 patients who have been treated through the RDF Citizen Outreach 2018, according to Maj. Dr. John Bukuru, the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Expert.
Maj.Dr. Bukuru reveals that the patients, from Ruhuha, Gashora and Gakurazo sectors, which are far from Nyamata Hospital, have been treated of different sicknesses, of which dental illnesses rate higher.
“Besides treating them (patients), we sensitize them on how well to behave to prevent them from getting sick,” adds Maj.Dr. Bukuru.
Innocent Nyirinkindi, 68, is a resident of Mbyo Cell, Mayange Sector of Bugesera District, commends RDF for having diagnosed and treated him of his ‘respiratory sicknesses’.
“Sometimes, it would be difficult for me to breathe well and I would cough so much. I have been given the medicine which I believe will help me get well soon,” says Nyirinkindi.