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Rwanda closes second private clinic over poor services

The Rwandan ministry of Health on Sunday announced the closure with immediate effect of the Medical Business Company(MBC), one of…

The Rwandan ministry of Health on Sunday announced the closure with immediate effect of the Medical Business Company(MBC), one of the private clinics located in Nyamirambo, a suburb of Kigali city over poor services.The closure follows an inspection of private hospitals in Kigali city which will expand to other provinces. The inspection intends to assess service delivery and compliance with rules and regulations in the health sector.

Officials in the ministry of health said that the hospital had intolerable mistakes which do not deserve punishment other than closure.

“The inspection looks at service delivery, hygiene, and equipment related to medical services the hospital delivers. When it is found that the service of the hospital can put patients into danger, then we opt for sanctions that may include closure,” Julien Mahoro Niyingabira, the Rwanda Health Communication Centre Division Manager said.

So far, the Ministry of Health has conducted inspections in 47 hospitals where several sanctions apply when applicable.

Earlier last month, Rwanda closed down Baho International Hospital, another private clinic based in Kigali following a death of a patient that triggered an investigation.

The health facility has been subject to recurrent complaints from the public since mid this year, with many people taking to social media to protest against its alleged poor service delivery, hygiene, and at least one case of misdiagnosis.