The district has availed soap and clean water in all public places including park stations, markets, and shops.
Residents applauded the initiative saying how worried they are about the quick spread of the virus and commended the district’s administration for the preventive measures.
"We are thankful for the preventive measures the government thought of. That virus is worrying as it has claimed several lives across the globe" said Uwamaliya Immaculé one of the residents.
Another resident, Mihigo Vincent, thanked the government of Rwanda for being proactive in preventing the spread of COVID-19 but suggested the program should be extended to taxi-moto riders as the most common transport means in Rwanda. "Taxi-moto riders should be advised to clean their helmets frequently to prevent the spread of the virus."
Jean Bosco Bigirimana, the deputy director-general for Horizon Express, a public transport company said that they have adopted measures to prevent COVID-19 through sensitizing passengers to wash their hands before boarding the buses and before checking in at their service counters.
Ange Sebutege, Huye District Mayor called upon owners of shops, markets and other public places to avail hand sanitizers or soap and clean water and urged residents to cooperate to prevent the virus. He also advised them to avoid shaking hands as it is the quickest way for the virus to spread.
COVID-19 was identified towards the end of 2019 in Wuhan, China and has since spread in many countries including Italy, the US, France, Egypt, and Nigeria among others.
The virus 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.
Recently, the Ministry of Health announced that no case of COVID-19 was identified in Rwanda so far.