Health Minister sounds warning on forging COVID-19 test results

On 14 December 2020 at 10:07

The Minister of Health, Dr Ngamije Daniel has explained that some people try to forge documents to prove that they have tested negative for COVID-19 yet they are infected.

Minister Ngamije revealed this yesterday as he talked about probable causes for the surging COVID-19 cases. He explained that businesspersons are among people spreading the virus along with people going outside the country tested negative for COVID-19 but worsening the situation as some of them return with forged results.

“Even if they are tested upon arrival, we have learnt that some people seek forged documents. Police has caught some of them on account of forging certificates proving that they have tested negative for COVID-19 as they return to the country yet they are infected. This increases cases due to non-compliance,” he said.

Ngamije explained that medical practitioners are among other people catching the virus.

“Who will attend to Rwandans if COVID-19 is spreading among medical practitioners? It is an issue that raises concern because inmates or students spread the virus to health workers attending to them who also pass the virus to other patients and colleagues,” he said.

Ngamije stressed need for strict measures to slow down the increase in new COVID-19 cases. He urged the public to adhere to health guidelines.

“It won’t take long to get COVID-19 vaccine. It is not time to be complacent but rather time to strengthen measures and wait for the vaccine to defeat the pandemic. The vaccine might be available in the country in the next three months. The vaccine would find us healthy if we embrace strict preventive measures,” he noted.

At least 100 new COVID-19 infections and two deaths were registered on December 12, and 66 recoveries were recorded on the same day. On the following day, the Ministry of Health has reported 131 new COVID-19 cases taken out of 2444 sample tests.

Rwanda confirmed the first COVID-19 case on 14th March 2020. Since then, 6659 people were tested positive out of 667 894 sample tests of whom 5955 have recovered, 648 are active cases while 56 have succumbed to the virus.