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French Medical Students, Lecturers Visit Rwanda Military Hospital For Study Tour

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A delegation of 30 medical students and seven lecturers from French-speaking University Diploma of Allergology (DUFRAL) from Claude Bernard University of Lyon in France are conducting a week-long practical training of Allergology at Rwanda Military Hospital from 11 to 15 October 2021.

Allergology is branch of medical science that studies the causes and treatment of allergies according to Col Dr Jean Chrisostome Kagimbana, the Chairperson and focal point of the National Association for Continuing Education in Allergology in Rwanda.

The Rwanda Military Hospital leadership that hosted the delegation that treated at least 150 special cases welcomes the good initiative and wishes a warm stay in Rwanda. Today, the delegation was officially welcomed by the RMH Commandant, Brig Gen Dr Ephrem Rurangwa.

“This is the second time that the students and their lecturers from French-speaking University Diploma of Allergology select to do their long practical training of Allergology, the University chooses a francophone African region to visit every year, this is the second time they choose to train in Rwanda, the 4th in take also conducted their practical training of allergology in Rwanda in 2018”.

Col Dr Kagimbana a dermatologist and allergist at Rwanda Military Hospital lauds the services rendered to Rwandan patients by the visiting delegation.

“This is very useful to Rwanda, it is about training, providing special medical care to patients and capacity building of allergology Service. They have treated 150 special cases in one week”.

Dr DUMUR Jean Pol from Claude Bernard University of Lyon and head of delegation said that everyone was satisfied with the week-long medical work done.

“We have been receiving and treating at least 40 cases a day in different medical services in pneumology, dermatology, in ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) allergy related diseases and in paediatrics as well”.

The practical seminar for DUFRAL Africa, takes place alternately in the capitals of one out of 17 African countries with appropriate conditions of safety for both teachers and students.

 

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Rwanda’s Digital Payment Apps Expand Financial Access, Inclusivity

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Mukamusoni Gertrude in 2016 relocated to the United States on a green Card regime and has been working there since. Her ultimate goal is to support her family back home in rural Gatsibo district, Rwanda.

She has been sending money via Worldremit to her parents that have so far bought extra farm land, built a descent family house, acquired cattle and also pays tuition for her siblings in school.

In Rwanda, like in other East African countries such as Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda mobile transfers are an important part of the low-income and rural population lives.

Apart from Worldremit there are dozens of digital payment apps embraced by Rwandans and this has been boosted by a new policy crafted during the covid-19 lockdowns.

Last year on March 19, the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) instituted a set of rapid economic policy changes to support both businesses and individuals during the lockdown, and to further the national digitisation agenda which leads to the increase to person to person transfers, with less to zero fees.

This change has had a big impact on the value of funds that were transferred last year between the diaspora and the people back home, but also, it made mobile transfer become the new normal to all type of people.

For example, MTN’s mobile payment solutions, MomoPay, has revealed a huge difference since 2019, helping people around the country to easily get access to cash money through their mobile phone.

Rwandans can access their bank accounts by linking them to their mobile phones. This reduced the long queues at banks and ATM booths.

Mobile applications no longer empower just individual users, they also help them improve and enrich their entourage livelihoods, lifestyles and boost the local economy.

For example money received through money transfer contributes in many ways to the growth and independence of most youth in Rwanda. While receiving money from abroad, they can invest on their education, investments, economic plans, and many other areas important to the evolution of the country.

The digitization process has been made possible through an expanded mobile penetration.

A recent survey by statista.com compiled in a report (Number of mobile subscriptions worldwide 1993-2020) shows that, nowadays, there are more than 8 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide.

With a penetration rate growing steadily since 1993, in all areas, especially as Africa, where you can now find 95.1 mobile subscriptions per 100 residents as of 2020. There were 9.37 million mobile connections in Rwanda in January 2020. Rwanda has a population of 12 million people.

With now around three-quarters of the world’s inhabitants having access to a mobile phone, the landscape in Africa has been changing for the past years. Particularly with Mobile Money and branchless banking.

According to this report , growth around the utilization of mobile banking has created a key ecosystem based on applications in health, financial services, agriculture, and many other types of domains.

This evolution is no longer about the mobile phone itself but the applications, the content and the users help boost the economy of countries such as Rwanda.

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Africa Data Centres Unveils New 10MW Data Centre In Nigeria

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Africa Data Centres the largest network of interconnected, carrier- and cloud-neutral data centre facilities on the continent, is pleased to announce that it has officially opened its new 10MW data centre facility in Lagos, Nigeria.

The new facility, the company says, will pave the way for Africa Data Centres hyperscale customers to deploy digitisation solutions to West Africa.

CEO of Africa Data Centres, Stephane Duproz, describes Nigeria as one of the company’s key markets as there is a rapidly-growing demand for data centres in the region, which is hungry for digitisation, as organisations of every type and size in Africa accelerate their digital transformation journeys.

He says as part of the recently launched Cassava Technologies group, Africa Data Centres plays a critical role when it comes to providing this very digital infrastructure that is needed to support the mass adoption of digital services for consumers and businesses in the region.

Duproz also announced that the new facility is the first of four faculties being earmarked for Nigeria, adding that the company has plans to also build an additional facility in Lagos at a separate location to ensure full disaster backup, whilst Abuja, and Port Harcourt will also get their own facilities.

With this in mind, Duproz describes the Lagos operations as a significant milestone for Africa Data Centres, as it shines the spotlight on the tremendous growth opportunity the company sees not only for its business in the region but for Africa as a whole.

“Africa Data Centre is witnessing an unprecedented demand for fintech services, apps, broadband, cloud technologies, and more, all of which are seeing data demand skyrocket.”

This latest announcement follows hard on the heels of Africa Data Centres recently announced, major data centre expansion plans that will see the company building hyperscale data centres throughout Africa.

“These plans are the greatest Africa has ever seen. They will see us build some ten interconnected, cloud- and carrier-neutral data centres across the length and breadth of the continent, in an unmatched $500m investment in Africa’ digital transformation, which will double our already significant investment in the continent,” adds Duproz.

The 10MW facility in Lagos is a key part of this expansion as Nigeria is a critical African market in terms of leading the charge for hyperscale customers to deploy digitisation solutions to West Africa.

The new facility in Lagos marks a significant step forward in Africa Data Centres’ ambitious long-term plans to close the digital divide in Africa and digitise the continent by bringing these services to businesses and citizens alike, he adds.

The Lagos facility will be the de facto hub for Africa Data Centres in West African, says Duproz. “We built this facility in response to the massive demand from hyperscalers, key cloud operators and multi-national enterprises that already use our facilities and have expressed interest in being a part of bringing digitisation at scale to West Africa. As the unquestioned leaders in data centre operations in Africa, we were the clear choice as partners in their expansion strategies.”

Duproz said the Nigerian data centers were part of a Continental network of data centers being rolled out in all the key cities of Africa.

However, Duproz stresses that there will be no question of sacrificing the environment to carry out the company’s ambitious digitisation plans. “This is a trade-off Africa Data Centres is simply not even prepared to entertain. Our strategy is all about empowering and uplifting Africa’s citizens, protecting the environment, and uplifting the economy.”

In closing, Duproz says this latest Nigerian facility will boost the economy through job creation, as digitisation is known to create job opportunities across a slew of industries.

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Kenya’s First Electric Motorcycle Rocks

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Made from well-shaped Jua Kali mabati and painted black with a sleek dashboard and one lithium battery, Kenya’s first locally made electric motorcycle is rocking.

The manufacturers, Embakasi-based Opibus Limited, displayed the motorcycle at the just-ended devolution conference in Wote town, Makueni.

At least 100 units have already been sold around Nairobi, western Kenya and in Ghana to select companies, but will be available to the general public from January.

“We have a target to sell about 2,000 units next year. Each will cost about U$ 1155 (Sh130,000),”said Dennis Wakaba, the project coordinator.

Wakaba said the lithium battery needs about three units of electricity to fully charge. “Our tests show a fully charged battery can take about 100 kilometres before it is fully drained,” he said.

In contrast, a petrol-powered motorbike would require minimum of five litres of fuel – about U$ 5.73 (Sh645) –to drive for 100 kilometres.

Wakaba said the motorbike currently comes with one battery. But it will be modified to carry two batteries when sold to the public next year.

The batteries can be removed from the bike for charging on a normal wall socket using what looks like a huge mobile phone charger.

 

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