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.