Nurses and midwives in Bugesera district joined the rest of the country and the World to celebrate the International Nurses’ day 2016. A low number of practitioners was still an issue impacting the service delivery, they reminded.

Nurses and midwives in the district were joined by the Rwanda Nurses and Midwives Union leaders and district health officials.

Solange Umulisa, a representative of nurses and midwives in the district lauded Rwanda government for the support, though challenges still weighting on the profession.

“I thank H.E the President of the Republic Paul Kagame for his effort to improve the health system. I am here to also appreciate Bugesera district for the constant support. However, there are still challenges in our profession,” Umulisa said.

“We are facing cases where a room with 30 patients is being served by a nurse…a delivery room with ten clients served by two birth attendants. There is a challenge of online pharmacy low number of nurses and midwives compared to patients we are receiving,” she added.

She also stressed that education progress for nurses and midwives has suffered a setback as e-learning program was suspended while it helped them to farther their education.

She also respectively pleaded for the Ministry of Health to issue order facilitating nurses and midwives willing to pay tuition fees for themselves to advance their studies and for the District authority to facilitate nurses and midwives it employs to attend advanced programs courses “because the majority of us have a secondary school diploma”. 

Delivering his mark, RNMU president André Gitembagara said that there is a challenge of horizontal step promotion for nurses and midwives.

However, he called upon nurses and midwives to always endeavor to deliver best services and uphold professionalism in their work and contribute to achieve the SDGs.

“Nurses and midwives contributed to achieve MDGs. To achieve the SDGs, you also have to play a major role, and work even harder,” he asserted.


Venuste Karambizi, a Health Director in Bugesera district said that its authority will always work toward finding solutions to existing challenges.