World Bank pledges support to Rwanda’s Ebola prevention efforts

By IGIHE
On 8 August 2019 at 09:26

Prime Minister, Dr. Edouard Ngirente has received Dr. Hafez Ghanem, World Bank Vice President for Africa and held discussions centered on the partnership and support in Ebola prevention and the ongoing program to fight against malnutrition in Rwanda.

Dr. Ghanem said he was pleased with discussions that sought ways of preventing the outbreak from spreading to Rwanda.

“We have talked on Ebola prevention measures and discussed ongoing strategies of the Ministry of Health to avoid the spreading of the outbreak to Rwanda. We support these initiatives,” he said.

Dr. Ghanem said the World Bank provided US$ 300 million funding to prevent Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and revealed that the bank works closely with countries neighboring DRC to prevent the spreading of Ebola.

“We have also discussed malnutrition issues where we are going to reinstate a project worth US$ 70 million focusing on fighting against malnutrition among children and helping them to access balanced diet enhancing good health and proper growth,” he stressed.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Diane Gashumba said that both leaders also discussed areas of cooperation to strengthen the prevention of Ebola inside the country.

“We have discussed how they are going to support Ebola prevention measures we implemented and seeking how cross border trade can be exercised without incurring risks,” she said.

Over 1700 people have died of Ebola in DRC since August last year. The first case of Ebola was reported in Goma on 14th July 2019 where the infected patient died within 24 hours. Since then, three people have died of Ebola in the town within 15 days.

The Ministry of Health has advised against unnecessary travels to Goma-Eastern Congo, following increasing number of cases confirmed in DRC, and requested that individuals who have recently travelled to an Ebola-affected area to report to the nearest screening station and to report any suspected Ebola cases via the Ministry of health toll-free lines 114, police number 112 or to community health workers or the nearest health centre.

Among key prevention measures are frequent washing of hands with clean water and soap, avoiding contact with blood and body fluids, as well as items that would have come in contact with an infected person’s blood and body fluids.

Ebola is transmitted through blood and body fluids, including vomit, urine, saliva, sweat. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, joint pain, headache, diarrhea, skin rash, vomiting, red eyes, stomach-ache and bleeding through different body parts.

Rwanda has a detailed National Preparedness Plan in place and has trained health workers in early detection and response, educated communities about Ebola, vaccinated health workers in high-risk areas, equipped health facilities, and continues to conduct simulation exercises to maintain a high level of readiness.

Prime Minister, Dr. Edouard Ngirente has received Dr. Hafez Ghanem, World Bank Vice President for Africa
Dr. Ghanem said he was pleased with discussions that sought ways of preventing the outbreak from spreading to Rwanda
The Minister of Health, Dr. Diane Gashumba said that both leaders also discussed areas of cooperation to strengthen the prevention of Ebola inside the country.

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