COVID-19: Police officers trained on prevention measures

On 29 July 2020 at 02:40

Eighty-four Police officers conducting their policing duties in Musanze District were on Monday July 27, given basic knowledge and skills on COVID-19 prevention.

The training was conducted by Ruhengeri Referral Hospital rapid response team.

According to the hospital management, the training aimed at enlightening Police officers on prevention practices for maximum safety in their working environment.

"This training has equipped the Police staff with skills in infection prevention in their daily interactions with the communities they serve. It’s meant for our Police officers to be safe as they continue to serve people in Rwanda even in this period of the pandemic," the hospital management said.

Among those trained, there are officers from Police stations, Fire and Rescue Brigade, Engineering Regiment, Traffic and Road Safety as well as those attached to the district unit and regional headquarters.

It follows a similar training conducted at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters early this month and that benefited hundreds of Police officers.

The training at the police headquarters was conducted by the RNP medical services in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC).

The exercise combines training and awareness on safety and hygiene, safer practices in search and handling of COVID-19 suspects and patients, mixing and use of disinfectants, among others.

This is largely because Police officers are at the forefront, as they meet many people every day, which requires them to have a high level of understanding on the pandemic, how the virus is spread and prevention or safety measures.

It gives them enough knowledge on signs of a positive person, how to wear and safely remove full or extended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when in COVID-19 red or high risk zones, among others