Japan donates medical equipment to strengthen Rwanda’s fight against Coronavirus

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 31 July 2020 at 08:42

Japan has donated $ 2.8 million (over Rwf 2.8 billion) to Rwanda to support the health sector in preventing the spread of Coronavirus.

The agreement was signed on Thursday, July 30, 2020, between the Japanese Ambassador in Rwanda, Masahiro Imai, and the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana.

Japan will provide medical equipment that will help the health sector to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic. The equipment will, among others include; a patient monitoring machine, an electrocardiogram and ambulance.

The equipment is expected to be delivered to hospitals and laboratories in Kigali and all four provinces of Rwanda.

Minister Ndagijimana said the medical equipment would contribute to strengthening the capacity of the health sector to fight the Coronavirus pandemic. It will also increase the outcomes that the government continues to look for in the fight against Coronavirus and will also lead to better health.

Ambassador Imai said the whole world was found to be in a state of social turmoil due to the Coronavirus devastating the global economy and social welfare.

Rwanda and Japan have good relations with a focus on addressing social issues.

There is also investment cooperation, where Japanese investment in Rwanda focuses on value-added from agriculture and animal husbandry, hospitality, fruit, and vegetable farming, mining, technology, and services.

Ambassador Imai and Minister Ndagijimana after signing the agreement on Thursday