Rwanda has ample facilities, personnel to counter Coronavirus

On 5 March 2020 at 12:07

The Ministry of Health (MINISANTE) has announced that it has strengthened measures to counter the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Through sensitization, MINISANTE educates the general public about the symptoms of the virus and preventive measures and has doubled supportive care in the event the disease spreads to Rwanda.

In various institutions and public spaces, preventive actions are being implemented including the distribution of hand sanitizers and access to clean water and soap. To help prevent the spread of the virus, Rwandans are recommended to avoid shaking hands, hugging or kissing.

In the event cases of the Coronavirus are detected in Rwanda, MINISANTE has prepared quarantine units where the patients will be treated.

So far, Kanombe Hospital has availed 25 quarantine rooms, Kabgayi Hospital, 120 rooms and 50 rooms at Kanyinya dispensary. 80 other health facilities across the country have each prepared two quarantine rooms and MINISANTE reported it has provided training to 430 health care providers regarding Coronavirus.

Dr, Mutaganzwa Avite, Kibagabaga Hospital Director said that no case of the virus has been detected in Rwanda so far but that the general public is continuously sensitized to adopt the appropriate preventive measures.

“We have distributed hand sanitizers around the hospital and continue to educate the public on proper sanitary measures.”

Dr. Zuber MUVUNYI, Director General of clinical services in the Ministry of Health said that the ministry ensures that proper hygiene is observed especially in public places.

“In all public places including bars, restaurants, public and private institutions as well as health facilities, we have provided hand sanitizers and eased the access to clean water and soap.”

Symptoms of the Coronavirus include cough, high temperature and shortness of breath. As many other respiratory diseases, the virus is spread through direct contact with an infected person, sneezing and coughing.

MINISANTE confirmed that no case of the Coronavirus has been detected to date.
Preventive measures include washing your hands with soap and water often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, covering your mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing, avoiding shaking hands or direct contact with a person who shows the aforementioned symptoms.

People who might think they have been exposed to the virus are required to immediately seek medical care and stop all travels in case they have any of the symptoms.

Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has recently issued a notice urging all service providers including hotels, restaurants, bars, night clubs and tour agencies to provide clean water and soap to all customers they receive.

Coronavirus commonly known as COVID-19 originated from Wuhan, Hubei province in China. The first case was detected in the end of 2019. Currently, 90,000 people have been infected while 3000 died from the virus.

The Ministry of Health (MINISANTE) has announced that it has strengthened measures to counter the outbreak of the Coronavirus.