Money transfer technology helps track down COVID-19 suspects

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 29 June 2020 at 04:35

Apart from using mobile money technology helps in preventing the spread of Covid-19, the Ministry of Health said it also helps track down those suspected of being in contact with motorists, urging Rwandans to continue using it.

When Covid-19 first hit Rwanda, one of the measures taken by the government to prevent it’s spreading all was to pay employ mobile money transactions.

When community cases appeared among motorcycle riders, the Ministry of Health said they are using the technology to track down those that were in contact with the riders, especially passengers that will have paid through mobile money platforms.

In a press conference on June 28, Minister of Health, Dr. Ngamije Daniel reiterated the importance of using digital money transfers in monitoring suspects.

“We have a track record of people who have been transported, especially when they use mobile money to pay, which allows us to reach out to those people and check them out,” he said.

He urges Rwandans to continue paying motorists by phone because it is beneficial for them.

Ministry of Health says that since the motorcyclists returned to work on June 3, a few days later they appeared to be infected with the pandemic and are spreading it.

So far, the number of people infected with COVID-19 in Rwanda is 900, including 22 infected as of June 29, while the number of the recoveries is 443, and 2 deaths.

Passengers required to pay motorlist over the phone as it is easier to track them when they are suspected of contracting Covid-19.