The Director General of RBC, Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana made the revelation yesterday appearing in a talk show aired on TV1.
“We have registered three recipients of COVID-19 vaccine who succumbed to the virus but it is not surprising because they had other chronic diseases. For instance, one of them had chronic cancer while another one suffered from heart disease,” he said.
Dr. Nsanzimana explained that the vaccine strengthens immune system but doesn’t prevent recipients from succumbing to COVID-19.
“We cannot attribute their deaths to COVID-19 because they had been already seriously weakened by other chronic diseases,” he noted.
Dr. Nsanzimana urged the general public to continue adhering to instituted health guidelines because COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t prevent someone from being infected or spreading the virus.
“We have recorded 400 recipients of COVID-19 vaccine who caught the virus. They were not critically ill but the majority of them were awaiting the second dose. People should avoid complacency because receiving the vaccine doesn’t strengthen the immune system 100 percent,” he advised.
Rwanda confirmed the first Coronavirus case on 14th March 2020. Since then, 33 260 people have been tested positive of whom 26 734 recovered, 6 129 are active cases, 12 are critically ill while 397 have succumbed to the virus.
A total of 391,058 people have been vaccinated since Rwanda began countrywide inoculation programme on 5th March 2021.
Coronavirus symptoms include coughing, flu, and difficulty in breathing. The virus is said to be transmitted through the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract.
Rwandans are urged to adhere to COVID-19 health guidelines, washing hands frequently using soaps and safe water, wearing face masks and respecting social distancing.