These machines are expected to increase the capacity to diagnose and treat COVID-19 patients rapidly during this time when Africa is faced with the new wave of the pandemic.
Deb MacLean, the Deputy Chief of Mission at US embassy in Rwanda who also serves as Charge d’Affaire explained that the donation is a fruit of cordial relations between both countries.
“USA and Rwanda are great partners in the health sector. Working together, helps us to save many people’s lives every day,” she said.
The five mobile x-ray machines will be used at five hospitals including Kinyinya, Kibungo, Kinihira, Ruhengeri and the University Teaching Hospital of Butare (CHUB).
Apart from COVID-19 diagnosis, the machine will also help to diagnose other respiratory diseases and assist critically ill patients in the right time.
These machines are funded by the US Department of Defense and comes through the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) and the United States Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster Assistance, and Civic Aid (US OHDACA).
The donation was coordinated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (U.S. CDC), which has played a leading role in supporting Rwanda’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19.
The donation is part of the more than Rwf17 billion that the United States has invested in Rwanda’s COVID-19 response since March 2020.
This support includes the construction of hand-washing stations across Rwanda; support for public communications; staff and vehicles to support contact tracing; laboratory diagnostic equipment and supplies; support for training of frontline workers; medical equipment including ventilators, patient monitors, hospital beds, intensive care units, mobile X-ray machines, video laryngoscopes, and pulse oximeters; and infection prevention and control supplies such as biohazard bags, alcohol, soap, and personal protective equipment.