The new protocols follow various preventive measures which are already in place in the country including sensitization on proper hygiene and stopping unnecessary travels as well as the temporary ban on music concerts, exhibitions and other public gatherings in the city of Kigali.
In statement from the Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Ngamije issued on March 8th 2020, the minister advises that all people who travel to Rwanda will be tested for COVID-19.
If results show any of the symptoms of the virus especially for people coming from pandemic areas, they will immediately be quarantined while further tests will be conducted.
People who will test positive for the virus will be sent for treatment to specialized health institutions across Rwanda while those who will test negative will be asked to temporarily isolate themselves and will be closely followed up on for 14 days after dismissal from hospital.
MINISANTE has granted to Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) personnel, the right to reach out to infected people or those who are suspected of having the virus in order to follow up on them closely.
People who are suspected of carrying the virus are advised to wear masks which cover their nose and mouth, to remain far from public spaces and to dial 114, RBC short code to receive new instructions. People coming from Corona pandemic countries will be supervised for at least 14 days after their arrival in Rwanda.
MINISANTE stated that even though no quarantine is imposed on people who test negative for the virus, they are requested to reach out to health institutions in case they develop one or many symptoms of the virus within 14 days after their arrival in Rwanda.
No COVID-19 case has been identified in Rwanda so far but the government has implemented strict measures to prevent it and treat it in case it spreads to Rwanda.
Currently, hand sanitizers and access to clean water and soap have been reinforced in all public institutions and spaces.
Statistics show that up to 108,000 cases of COVID-19 have been identified while 3800 were killed by the virus.
However, In China especially in Wuhan, Hubei Province where the virus was first spotted, numbers continue to decrease.
On Sunday, March 8th, the Ministry of Health of the people’s republic of China announced that 40 new cases of COVID-19 had been identified including 36 from Wuhan where the virus originated from.
The Coronavirus spreads through direct contact with the infected person, sneezing and coughing. To prevent the spread of the virus, the World Health Organization advises regular hand washing with alcohol-based hand sanitizers or clean water and soap, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. In addition, it is important to avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.