Ministry of Health receives facilities worth Rwf 1 billion to contain spread of COVID-19

On 27 November 2020 at 10:21

The Ministry of Health has received different equipment and infrastructures worth US$1,000,000 (Rwf1 billion) to control the spread of COVID-1, built with Japan funding through World Health Organization (WHO).

The facilities include large public hand washing facilities built at borders points between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Thermal Imaging Cameras installed at six border points.

The infrastructures were set up at Poids Lourds and La Corniche borders in Rubavu district, Rusizi I and II borders, Rusumo border in kirehe district and Cyanika border in Burera district.The borders were chosen for large passenger-traffic.

Among others, the fund covered the refurbishment of infrastructures at Gihundwe, Nemba and Bushenge hospitals set to accommodate COVID-19 patients.

During the handover ceremony that took place yesterday, the Minister of Health Dr Daniel Ngamije highlighted that the facilities come in handy in the quest to curtail the spread of coronavirus.

“Temperature test is a must for all entrants. These Thermal Imaging Cameras lessen work and allow smooth cross border movements,” he said.

Japan ambassador in Rwanda, Masahiro Imai hailed Rwanda’s efforts in controlling COVID-19 and assured his country’s continued support especially in health sector.

“Japan will keep contributing to Rwanda’s health services, collaborating in the prevention of COVID-19, training healthcare workers and establishing long lasting structure to contain the pandemic,” he said.

From left: Rwanda's Minister of Health, Country representative of World Health Organization and the ambassador of Japan in Rwanda at the handover ceremony.