The basic guidelines for Coronavirus prevention include reminding Rwandans to wash their hands frequently with water and soap and to wear facemasks when in open places where many people converge.
Rotary Club Kigali Doyen as a charitable organization has decided to support those who cannot afford facemasks to protect themselves as well.
The mission of Rotary is to join foundations that help in changing the world through conflict resolution, fighting ignorance and poverty, improving access to clean water, fighting epidemics, and eradicating rabies through vaccination and helping the needy.
The Rotary Club Kigali Doyen donated made in Rwanda facemasks.
These facemasks were handed over to the Rwanda Biometric Center (RBC) on May 5, 2020, which in turn will hand them over to the Ministry of Local Government, which will distribute them to the residents of Rutsiro.
Rotary Club Kigali Doyen President Eddy Sebera told IGIHE that after making various donations to the City of Kigali, they have also started going to the provinces.
“We have now started with Rutsiro where we donated 8,000 facemasks purchased with more than Rwf 4 million, these are donations collected by 30 members of the Rotary Club Kigali Doyen and the Rotary club of Duren in Germany.’’ Said Sebera.
"We plan to continue in the same path; therefore, we urge everyone to join this program as we continue to protect Rwandans. We should just focus on our persons, there are those who can afford prevention means while others lack means; assistance to these people does not require much, it is something that we, as Rwandans, can achieve," he added.
Rotary Club of Kigali Doyen started the program of supporting measures established to fight the Coronavirus in April 2020.
Francine Mutesi, the interim director of RBC’s Medical Equipment Department, said the funding is important in the fight against Coronavirus.
‘‘In the current context of the fight against.COVID-19, any support to the Ministry of Health and the Government is more than welcome, as it helps to continue to protect Rwandans. We will use these donations to help the needy or those who are unable to buy facemasks, and we will continue partnering with donors and all others, so as to ensure that no Rwandan will be left without protection.’’ She said
The facemasks made by licensed industries in Rwanda can be washed up to five times. Health authorities advise that once it has been washed, it should be ironed before wearing it.
Rotary Club Kigali Doyen recently donated Rwf 13 million to the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (CHUK) and King Faisal Hospital in the fight against the Coronavirus.
The grant is in addition to the RBC’s more than 900 liters of hand sanitizers and hygiene kits including 160 ‘kandagira ukarabe’, valued at Rwf 12 million in the fight against Coronavirus 160; they also donated Rwf 3 million to support the Solid Africa Charity program, which cares for the homeless.