EAST AFRICA CORONA UPDATE:PANIC IN RWANDA AFTER INDIAN CITIZEN CONFIRMED WITH COVID-19, RWANDA TREATING HIM
By Goodluck Musinguzi
The Ministry of Health in Rwanda has announced its first case of Coronavirus.
An Indian Citizen who arrived from Mumbai , India on 8th March 2020 has tested positive for coronavirus(COVID-19). The patient had no symptoms upon arrival in Rwanda and reported himself to a health facility on 13th March, where he was immediately tested.
The Ministry of Health further says he is currently under treatment in stable condition , isolated from other patients. The tracing of all contacts has been conducted for further management.
All residents of Rwanda should continue to observe all instructions from health authorities, particularly by washing hands regularly, avoiding large gatherings and reporting any symptoms by calling the toll-free number 114.
University of Rwanda asked its community on 9 campuses to stay calm and avoid fake accounts that are calling for closure of the University.
“As a large community we know the threat of COVID-19, we have taken precautionary measures in effort to contain the outbreak in all 9 campuses. However, no step has been taken to cancel classes. We will keep you posted on any updates through OUR OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION PLATFORMS”.
Richard Kwizera a journalist is calling upon fellow media workers to exercise patience while reporting about coronavirus outbreak in Rwanda.
“Good people in Rwanda especially my colleagues in the newsroom, let us be very vigilant on the authenticity of news and information surrounding coronavirus we are telling people. You can still break the news by verifying first, lets avoid reckless reporting”.
In KENYA, the first case of corona virus was confirmed and the patient is a kenyan national who was returning from USA.
“A 27 year old Kenyan woman tested positive for the virus on March 12h in Nairobi, a week after returning from the United States of America via London”.
Inger Andersen said am very concerned by reported cases of coronavirus in East Africa. Its important that we be responsible , prudent and informed and that we take special care of those most vulnerable to COVID-19.
“We need to keep ourselves , our families , communities and colleagues safe, no time for panic”.
In Ethiopia , where the headquarters of the African wide continental union (AU) lies confirmed its first coronavirus case. The Ministry of Health of Ethiopia has confirmed the 1st case of CIVID-19.
“Now is the time, frequent hand washing is key”.
Uganda remains on high alert without any case of COVID-19 reported.