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A hospital in Rwanda unable to discharge a Burundian because he has nowhere to go
Publish Date: jeudi 19 novembre 2015
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Niyonzima Chooky is a Burundi National who is admitted in CARAES (Hoptal Neuro Psychiatrique) Ndera for about 3 years but the hospital is unable to discharge him because he has nowhere to go after leaving the Rwandan referral hospital which is specialized in treating people with mental problems !

Niyonzoma’s case is so complicated and to get good picture of it one may firstly say something about his mother.

Ntakiyica Immaculate is a mother of 11 children including Niyonzima who was born with mental problems.

According to Ntakiyica Immaculete her place of birth is Muyinga in Northern part of Burundi. Due to frequent insecurities in Burundi, in 2003 she freed the country to seek refuge in Rwanda. She freed with her 11 children .

While in Rwanda one of her children, Niyonzima Chooky who had mental problems, escaped her mother at a time they were about to leave Rwanda for Uganda. While in Uganda, Ntakiyica tried to trace for Niyonzima who is now 31 years but could not find him and concluded that Chooky he must be dead.

While in Uganda UN High Commission for Refugees (HCR) negotiated for Ntakiyica and her 10 children asylum in Hollande where they live now with nationality of that European Country.

Minister of health Agness Binagwaho

But while in Holland Ntakiyica did not completely lost hope that Chooky is dead. Through Read Cross of Holland, she got information from Read Cross of Rwanda that her son is still alive and was in CARAES Ndera hospital , which treats people with mental problems and is located in Kigali city.

Rushyashya newspaper visited Choocky at CARAES Ndera and talked to the hospital authority, especially those in social affairs department who confermed to us that the hospital is in negotiations with Ntakiyica Immaculate, the mother of Choocky but those negotiations are complicated with two things.

One complication is based on hospital charges. Beatrice Umurangwa of social affairs department who brought Chooky to meet us says the hospital has no problem of releasing Chooky but hospital charges must be paid first.

We asked Beatrice the total amount of money to be paid so as to discharge Chooky and finance department brought to us a bill totaling 1.4 million Rwanda francs. But Beatrice says the amount would have been even ten times only that some associations here in Rwanda kept paying for his mutual which helps a lot to lower charges.

Chooky’s mother says she is ready to pay the bill, but the question comes. Where will his son go after leaving the hospital ? She has no person in Rwanda who can accept to take him and situation in Burundi is so hostile to the extent that more and more people in that country flees in daily basis. Moreover she has no close relatives still in Burundi. Ntakiyica’s concern is very much understandable. But the question is, will his son remain in that hospital until when ?

Niyonzima Chooky at CARAES Ndera

When Rushyashya Newspaper visited Choocky found him in physically very good condition, clean, well dressed and can respond to questions. But you can still note that he is a person with mental problems who needs closer care from a closer persons upon leaving the hospital, otherwise he can go back where he was in 2012 !

Talking to Chooky tells you he wants to join his young brothers and sisters wherever they are, otherwise he can choose to remain in CARAES Ndera for the whole life !

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