Egypt donates COVID-19 protective gear to Rwanda

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 8 September 2020 at 08:25

The Rwandan government on Monday received COVID-19 protective equipment donated by the Arab Republic of Egypt, valued at $ 150,000 [over Rwf145 million].

The Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Ngamije, said the aid included masks, equipment worn by doctors on the body and head and shoes for medical staff.

He said the equipment received by Rwanda was going to help Covid-19 clinics, especially as Rwanda is expanding its clinics outside Kigali, which will also help protect medical staff and patients.

“This capacity allows us to make our referrals to district and provincial hospitals, especially in areas where there has been an increase in COVID-19 cases,” he said.

Dr. Ngamije called on Rwandans to be more vigilant about COVID-19, as the number of patients is high, including those with other health problems such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, respiratory diseases, cancer, and more, leading to the risk of death.

Ambassador Ahmed El Ansary said the donation from the Arab Republic of Egypt to Rwanda came at a time when his country’s recent representative had recently approved a $ 4 million grant to the African Union for a fund set up to combat COVID-19.

He said the grant was in line with their commitments to the fund, which would help “prevent men and women working in the health sector, who are doing a great job” in preventing the spread of Coronavirus.

“I think this is a difficult time for the world, so it is time to show that we are united as Africans, which is why we are determined to send this support to our brothers and sisters in Rwanda,” he said.

Egypt is one of the countries in Africa with high COVID-19 cases, with a total of 99,863 infected people, of who 5,530 have succumbed.

These materials were received on Monday, September 7, 2020
Dr. Daniel Ngamije said the aid included masks, equipment worn by doctors on the body and head and shoes for medical staff
These equipment received by Rwanda are going to help Covid-19 clinics, will also help protect medical staff and patients.

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