President Paul Kagame joins WHO’s Safe-Hands campaign against coronavirus

By Elina Jonas Ruzindana
On 16 March 2020 at 01:18

President Paul Kagame joins the United Nations World Health Organization [WHO] in the handwashing campaign using clean water and soap as one of the ways of preventing the spread of coronavirus.

The President expressed his support for the WHO program in a vignette at his Twitter wall, on March 15, 2020.

President Kagame is one of the heads of state who have joined the Safe Hands program.

“Handwashing is one of the safest ways to prevent Coronavirus. Using soap and water, wash both hands for between 40 and 60 seconds. Remember to wash in front, back and between fingers. Remove the soap with water. Dry your hands with a special cloth, and use it to close the water,” the president advises in the footage.

On 11th March 2020, the WHO declared coronavirus as a global pandemic due to its rapid spread in many countries around the world in a short time.

Doctors point out that although coronavirus is a serious disease, it can be easily prevented, by hand washing and stopping shaking hands.

On March 13, 2020, WHO launched its #SafeHands Challenge through its Twitter page to promote cleanliness through proper hand washing in the fight against Coronavirus.
In the footage, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus appears to wash his hands with clean water and soap and urges other officials to take pictures and share them with his followers for attention.

"There are a lot of steps you can take to prevent coronavirus, one of which is regular care for hand hygiene, using water and soap or alcohol intended for you," he said.
After viewing the message, Dr. Tedros thanked President Kagame in Kinyarwanda saying, "Murakoze cyane!" “Thank you very much”.

He said via Twitter: “Thank you, brother, for agreeing to join the #SafeHands challenge! We are pleased with your help, efforts, and management in the fight against # COVID-19! ’’

Five Coronavirus cases have already been reported in Rwanda, the Ministry of Health said.

One of the resolutions was to spend at least two weeks preventing its spread, with churches closed, prayers at home, weddings suspended and schools stay closed.
Coronavirus has already been reported in 155 countries, 161,000 infections and about 6,000 deaths.

President Paul Kagame joins the WHO in the handwashing campaign using clean water and soap as one of the ways of preventing the spread of coronavirus.