Quarantine is not a prison, all COVID-19 patients responding well Dr. Ngamije

On 28 March 2020 at 11:40

The Ministry of Health has announced that individuals who had close contact with coronavirus patients are currently being tested to avoid further spread of the virus.

In an interview with RBA, Dr. Ngamije Daniel, Minister of Health said that anyone who has developed symptoms of coronavirus should reach out to medical service providers.

" We have adequate facilities, trained personnel, and equipment to treat coronavirus patients. Quarantine is not a prison and patients who have tested positive and were admitted in the hospital can still talk to their families. No one should hold back from reporting to a health care facility in case they develop COVID-19 symptoms."

Ngamije said there are currently 6 facilities equipped enough to treat coronavirus patients including 2 wards allocated to patients who have tested positive for coronavirus and 4 other wards for patients who are waiting for their test results.
Medical care for coronavirus cases are free.

"Patients rooms are equipped with a double-sized bed, a bathroom, and a television set. We ensure they receive absolute comfort while they are being treated."

Patients who report to health care facilities with coronavirus symptoms are admitted and given their own rooms and receive three meals a day. In case tests come out positive, they are moved to the 2 wards allocated to patients who tested positive.

When tests come out negative, patients are required to practice self-isolation for 14 days and medical care providers follow up on them constantly given the nature of the virus. Symptoms can appear between 2 and 10 days after contracting the virus, but it may be up to 24 days.

Ngamije confirmed that all treatments are provided for free and that mothers with young children are given separate rooms while the mother is being treated.

Rwanda is one of the few countries which don’t charge coronavirus patients for treatment. In other countries like Kenya, patients pay up to $1200 for treatment in quarantine.

The ministry of health stated that most patients who have been admitted range between 20 to 45 years. Only a few are above 60.

Ngamije stated that "All patients are in stable condition and some will be discharged from hospital starting next week."

On March 26th, 2020, the Ministry of Health announced that 50 people have tested positive for coronavirus so far. Patients are predominantly people with recent travel history. At least 900 people who had close contact with infected patients have been tested.