The step taken by Rwanda Military Hospital ensures that the process will train more surgeons who will join the existing small team. Currently, Rwanda has only two plastic surgeons who have over 400 patients waiting to get served.
A partnership between Rwanda Military Hospital has been signed with Operation Smile of the United States. The new initiative got a grant of USD 0.6 million from Operation Smile to assist in starting the activity and sustain it for three years. Later, the Government will take over, as reported by The New Times.
According to Col. Dr. Charles Furaha, specialist plastic surgeon, three Rwandan doctors will be trained for the period of three years at College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa. The training will cost a total Rwf 500 million.
"These doctors will be trained to join existing two plastic surgeons. This will make a total of five doctors in the country and will help in reducing number of patients who need plastic surgery," Dr. Furaha opined.
According to him, all the patients who need plastic surgery in Rwanda will get treatment at Rwanda Military Hospital and the patients who are suffering from cancers will get first priority. He further ensured that the surgeons, apart from plastic surgery, the surgeons will also be trained in Cosmetic Surgery services.