Rwandans asked not to think COVID-19 is only in some few areas

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 1 July 2020 at 01:32

The Director-General of Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC), Dr. Nsanzimana Sabin, has called on all people to be vigilant in their efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 which is thought to be most prevalent in areas across borders and Kigali city.

While the highest number of cases has been reported for days in Rusizi, Kirehe, Rubavu, and Kigali Districts; some have begun to think that the pandemic is only in those areas.
“Take the example of Rusizi District and take Kirehe District which is at the border areas and they are at risk these days. The city of Kigali, even though it does not work on the border, is a gathering place for large numbers of people from different regions,” Dr. Nsanzimana said.

"Our country is not so large that from one border to another or coming to Kigali it can be [five] hours which means that the pandemic can move from one border to another in the country even though the numbers appear to be high in the border areas," he added.

"That number is high, but the fact that we know them is also good for the treatment of patients," he said.

To date, 1,025 people have been diagnosed with Coronavirus in Rwanda, of which 444 have recovered while two have died, including a police officer and a driver.

Although many services are opened, Rwandans are urged not to think that the pandemic has ended. They are advised to abide by the established rules, remember to wear a mask every time they leave home, wash their hands frequently, avoid meetings and anything else that gathers many people and especially those who feel the symptoms of this pandemic including coughing, shortness of breath, weakness and so on, calling the toll-free line 114 for medical help.

The Director-General of RBC, Dr. Nsanzimana Sabin has called on all people to be vigilant in their efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19