New hand washing facilities to help fight hygiene-related diseases

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 3 September 2020 at 06:40

The Ministry of Health in partnership with the World Health Organization has inaugurated 49 modern hand-washing facilities set up at different health facilities across the country, which are expected to help prevent Covid-19 and hygiene-related diseases.

The inauguration was held at Masaka Hospital in Kicukiro District on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

The Ministry of Health says the project will be completed with the construction of 300 toilets across the country.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Ngamije Daniel, explained the importance of health to the people of Masaka Hospital and encouraged the people to practice hand-washing in their homes.

“We thank this partnership with World Vision and other partners who worked hard to avail of these facilities. The important thing is to thank the person who did the work, not the amount of money spent. Here I look at the importance of these modern hand washing facilities. It is going to help us prevent the Covid-19 pandemic and other hygiene-related diseases. I also urge the recipients to take good care of them.”

“For the general public, these activities are at the hospital but also in your home you should do it. Protect your children from hygiene-related diseases including worms,” he added.

Sean Kerrigan, National Director of World Vision Rwanda assured that the organization he leads will continue to support activities aimed at improving the health of the community.

“We thank the Government of Rwanda for its efforts in the fight of COVID-19. This is something that the government started doing many years ago before Coronavirus outbreak. This is reflected in the government’s long-standing efforts to bring water closer to the people, improve the health, hygiene, and sanitation sectors and more. We are happy that the children will have a healthy life. ”

In an interview with IGIHE, the Director of Masaka Hospital, Dr. Uwizeye Marcel, said the hand washing machine they were given has come in handy.

“Because we receive so many patients, it’s going to help us. Having six modern hand-washing facilities is going to help us speed up our services. It will help us to prevent Cororonavirus and other contagious diseases. ”

The 49modern hand-washing facilities cost Rwf290 million, built in partnership with World Vision as a major donor. About 47 were built at various hospitals across the country, while two were built at health centers.

In collaboration with World Vision, there is also the construction of other 250 modern hand-washing facilities which will cost Rwf260 million.

The inauguration was held at Masaka Hospital in Kicukiro District on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
Children participate in the inauguration of a new modern hand-washing facilities at Masaka Hospital
Sean Kerrigan assured that they will continue to support activities aimed at improving the health of the community.
Dr Ngamije Daniel encouraged people to practice hand washing in their homes

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