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Oshen King Faisal Hospital welcomes US doctors, 16 cardiac surgeries to be performed


Oshen King Faisal Hospital welcomes US doctors, 16 cardiac surgeries to be performed
The government of Rwanda has a plan to train more doctors in a bid to bridge the skills gap in the sector, said Dr. Diane Gashumba. Image Credit: Flickr / dominique cappronnier

Around 16 patients are about to undergo cardiac surgery by a team of US medical doctors dubbed Team Heart. The doctors are in Rwanda for a two-week mission during which they will accomplish cardiac surgery to 16 patients at Oshen King Faisal Hospital.

It is their 12th mission since the signing of a partnership with the Ministry of Health and Oshen King Faisal hospital commenced in 2007. The renowned Rwandan paediatrician and current Health Minister Dr. Diane Gashumba visited the hospital in the previous week and gave minute observations on the processes through which the patients were being treated. She also extolled Oshen's various collaborations, one of which is with the Team Heart. She said that they serve to not only save people's lives, especially those with cardiac complications but also refine the experiences of local doctors.

"Our young doctors have an opportunity to learn from Team Heart. I am happy these partnerships are really focusing on capacity building. We really appreciate their commitment," Dr. Diane Gashumba opined, as reported by The New Times.

On the other hand, according to the Minister, the government of Rwanda has a plan to train more doctors in a bid to bridge the skills gap in the sector. "We have few doctors, we have a shortage of doctors, which is really a big issue, but we have a plan to train more doctors for the sustainability of our health services. The Government is really committed to investing in capacity building and whatever time it takes, we will do what it takes to have well trained medical doctors who can perform the same operations in the next five or ten years," she added.

According to Oshen King Faisal Hospital's CEO, Joaquin Bielsa, hospital's partnerships are obviously more about treating patients alongside a great opportunity for the (hospital's) doctors to learn from their counterparts on the mission.


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