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Health minister Dr. Agnes Binagwaho said on Monday evening that the Government of Rwanda will handle the cancer treatment costs for journalist Edmund Kagire, a tweet says.

I've just received a phonecall from the Minister of Health @agnesbinagwaho informing me that the @RwandaGov will handle my treatment costs

— Edmund Kagire (@kagire) September 21, 2015

My deepest appreciation to @RwandaGov & President @PaulKagame for this life saving gesture.Heartfelt thanks Hon.Min @agnesbinagwaho for this

— Edmund Kagire (@kagire) September 21, 2015

Kagire, 32, has been raising up to 23 thousand US dollars, with plans to go to India for the treatment “as soon as possible.” He had also committed to starting a cancer-awareness initiative as soon as he recovers.

Proceeds and contributions from all fundraising drives will go towards that initiative, he announced on Twitter.

Proceeds & contributions from all fundraising drives will go towards the Kagire Cancer Initiative as soon as i recover from the disease.Thx

— Edmund Kagire (@kagire) September 21, 2015

A reporter with The East African, Kagire lives in Kigali with his wife, Linda Mbabazi, and their two daugthers, Leona and Laura.

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