Health Minister advises public against complacency during Easter holiday

By IGIHE
On 2 April 2021 at 12:55

The Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Ngamije has requested Rwandans to avoid complacency against COVID-19 preventive measures especially during Easter Holiday.

He has revealed this in a message dedicated to remind Rwandans to continue adhering to preventive measures.

In his message, he reminded Christians to avoid parties that would lead to massive spreading of Coronavirus.

“We lead to Easter season for Christians. We should not be complacent and avoid holding parties at home because it spreads COVID-19. Besides, disregarding preventive measures on the day, gives loopholes for the upsurge of COVID-19 cases leading us to stringent measures including lockdown,” he said.

Minister Ngamije went on to request parents to help students comply with preventive measures and reminded Rwandans that the upcoming commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi should be held observing COVID-19 health guidelines.

“To parents, let us avoid complacency, help students in holidays to comply with health guidelines. Holidays should not fuel increased COVID-19 cases,” he said.

“During the commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi, let us remember our victims observing COVID-19 preventive measures. Community based health workers will help us to handle of those experiencing trauma as we continue to collaborate with grass root leaders to ensure the commemoration event goes well,” added Dr. Ngamije.

The Minister also thanked Rwandans who participated in the vaccination program and assured others that they will get vaccines in not so long.

“We thank all Rwandans who participated in the COVID-19 vaccine roll out program. Those who have to yet received the vaccine should not be worried because the program is ongoing and will reach you. We have pledged to cover 60% of Rwandans before the end of 2022,” he said.

Dr. Ngamije also reminded people who received the first vaccine dose to be ready to take the second and continue observing preventive measures.

Rwanda confirmed the first Coronavirus case on 14th March 2020. Since then, 21 918 people have been tested positive of whom 20 308 have recovered, 1302 are active cases while 308 have succumbed to the virus.

Among others, 348 926 people have been vaccinated since Rwanda began countrywide vaccination program on 5th March 2021.

Coronavirus symptoms include coughing, flu, and difficulty in breathing. The virus is said to be transmitted through the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract.

Rwandans are urged to adhere to COVID-19 health guidelines, washing hands frequently using soaps and safe water, wearing face masks and respecting social distancing.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Ngamije has requested Rwandans to avoid complacency against COVID-19 preventive measures especially during Easter Holidays.

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