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Projet: Talk show club de la presse "Urubuga rw'itangazamakuru"

Activité:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Date:19/03/2020

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Since December 2019, an epidemic called Coronavirus or COVID-19 has propagated from China; currently it is an epidemic which worries the whole planet without forgetting that Rwanda declared the first case of this epidemic on Saturday 03/14- 2020.

 “Urubuga rw'Itangazamakuru” talk show (Club de la Presse) of this Sunday 15-03-2020  broadcasted in synergy by ten radios from all regions of the country and a Television (TV Isango star), focused on "Precautions and procedures to fight the Coronavirus epidemic

The invitees

1. Ministry of Health? MINISANTE

2. Ministry of Local Government/MINALOC

3. Teddy KABERUKA / Economist

The invitee from MINISANTE explained the signs of coronavirus and reminded the public some guidelines to protect and limit the propagation of COVID-19. Some of recommendations that cited are:

  • wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue in case of sneezing
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or into a handkerchief
  • Greet without shaking hands, avoid kissing
  •  Use and dispose of single-use tissues
  •  Avoid  large gatherings
  • Limit unnecessary travels and contacts.

He said that the government is ready enough to help those who present COVID-19 signs and provide treatment.

 As for MINALOC, faced with the crisis linked to the coronavirus (covid-19), the invitee said that there are temporary measures that must be observed for two weeks to avert a possible spread of the New Coronavirus. Schools, church services and masses, conferences and other events, have been postponed, temporary closed or cancelled, while employers have been directed to let their employees work from home.

 MINALOC also called on Rwandan citizens to respect all precautions and all procedures to fight against this epidemic.

MINALOC argued the public to respect guidelines and communicate effectively once the notice COVID-19 cases.

The economist Teddy KABERUKA explained that on the economic front, a severe recession can no longer be avoided.

“People are not at work because they are sick or quarantined. In such a situation, demand stimulus will merely boost inflation, potentially leading to stagflation (weak or falling GDP growth alongside rising prices)” He said 

Beyond the short-term economic effects, there has been a cold spell on tourism, catering, event cases, travel, etc. So the country might be ready for economic disturbances in almost all areas.

The citizens participated in the talk show through interviews, phone calls and SMS. Rural citizens said that it is hard for them to find sanitizers and other prevention equipment while town residents claimed the escalation of prices and transport challenges. 

 

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