Upon arrival in Rwanda on Saturday 24th July 2021, the medical kits were received by the Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Ngamije.
Dr. Ngamije revealed that received equipment come in handy to complement Rwanda’s efforts to fight against COVID-19.
“Receiving such equipment complements existing efforts towards buying vaccines, other equipment and human capital development. It is a way of concerting efforts to defeat the pandemic,” he said.
Commenting on the donation of medical supplies, the Ambassador of UAE in Rwanda, Hazza Alqahtani said that his country partners with Rwanda be it in good or bad times.
"Rwanda was among the first countries to receive medical aid from the UAE to combat Covid-19. In June 2020, the UAE sent to Rwanda a plane carrying four tonnes of medical supplies to help over 4,000 healthcare workers to contain the spread of the pandemic. In February 2021, the UAE sent a plane carrying 7.8 tonnes of medical aid in support of the Rwandan government’s efforts to fight Covid-19, " he told Khaleej Times.
Al Qahtani has reiterated his country’s commitment to continue walking with Rwanda particularly during this period of uncertainty brought by COVID-19 pandemic.
Rwanda confirmed the first Coronavirus patient on 14th March 2020. So far, the country records over 16,000 active cases, 71 people are critically ill while 727 have succumbed to the virus.
A total of 425,387 people have been vaccinated since Rwanda began countrywide inoculation program on 5th March 2021.