Kigali markets strengthen observation of COVID-19 prevention guidelines

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 24 August 2020 at 01:47

It has been almost a week and a half since Kigali city closed Nyabugogo market, known as Mutangana and Nyarugenge, due to the outbreak of Coronavirus. It has taught lessons to other market leaders and is even more reassuring to prevent Covid-19.

When the markets were closed on August 16, the Minister of Health, Dr. Ngamije Daniel, said the analysis showed that there was a delay in following Coronavirus prevention guidelines, where in some markets people don’t wear masks, others misbehave and do not wash hands properly.

He said that in July it became clear that there was a problem in the markets as many guidelines were flouted.

To establish how other markets are implementing the Covid-19 prevention-guidelines, IGIHE visited Kicukiro and Kimironko Markets this week.

Before one enters any of the two markets, one must first wash hands and test the temperature. A person enters the market alone to avoid overcrowding. A system has been put in place to help those who go to these markets get in one by one, something that protects them from the clutter.

The same goes for the whistleblowers who look at everyone to see if they comply with regulations; those who violate them are reminded how they should behave.

All entrants to the Kimironko market would first wash their hands
All entrants are first tested temperature before entering the market