Rwanda Strengthens Anti-Ebola Measures

Health workers preparing to bury an ebola victim. Credit: Internet Photo

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Kigali, Rwanda

Rwanda’s government has strengthened measures aimed at preventing the spread of Ebola Virus from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Screening is being performed on all boarders and airports and the country has also setup an Emergency Treatment Center

The disease was confirmed on this July 14, 2019 in neighbouring Goma, North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo by its Ministry of Health.

“The Ministry requests the population to remain calm as no single Ebola case has been registered in Rwanda to date. The Country is taking the outbreak in the neighbouring countries seriously and continues to intensify the surveillance at all ports of entry as well at the community level”. Reads the statement issued by Rwanda’s Ministry of Health.

Screening is being performed at all boarders and airports and the country is equipped with an Emergency Treatment Center (ETC) built in Rugerero Sector, Rubavu District to screen and treat Ebola in case of an outbreak.

Rwanda’s Ministry of Health also reports that simulation exercises took place in Gisenyi Hospital-Rubavu District, Rwanda Military Hospital-Kigali, Rugerero Health Centre-Rubavu and Kamembe Airport-Rusizi.

Ebola is transmitted through an infected person’s body fluids like blood, vomit, sweat, tears, saliva, urine, excrement, sperm, breast milk, vaginal fluids etc. Ebola symptoms include fever, joint pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, diarrhoea, vomiting, skin rash, red eyes, stomach ache and bleeding through different body parts. Ebola is not airborne.

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