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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:02/07/2020

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Rwanda is one of the first African countries to impose total lockdown on March 22, by suspending public transport and by prohibiting all "non-essential travel" outside the home in order to fight the covid-19 pandemic. As of May 4, the state has made a decision to temporarily lift the lockdown and let people to go out of their homes however for necessary movements.

Currently the Covi-19 pandemic continues to accelerate in the country; many of the new cases are reported day by day in Kigali city as well as in the districts of the country especially Western and Eastern provinces which share borders with neighboring countries.

The current total cases reach 1001 confirmed positive, 556 active cases, 443 recovered and 2 dead.

Because of this pandemic, it is essential that the population take measures aimed at avoiding the transmission of the virus and reducing the impact of the pandemic in order to fight against it.

Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru “Club de la Presse) of this Sunday 28-06-2020 broadcasted in synergy by ten radios and 1 Television (TV Isango star) focused on" Rwanda in the fight against Covid-19"

Invitees:

1.  Dr NGAMIJE Daniel/ Minister of Health

2.  CP KABERA John Bosco/ Rwanda Police spokesperson

The Minister of Health Dr NGAMIJE Daniel recalled the situation since when Rwanda registered the first case of covid-19.

 He said that since Rwanda registered the first case of covid-19, it was at the beginning of 2020 on March 14, Rwanda had put a special staff composed by staffs from different categories (Police, Doctors, drivers, etc.) in order to fight againstcovid-19.

He says that the disease is still present and can be aggravated as long as the population does not comply with health regulations because there are people who don’t wear face masks and others who do not do it properly; people who go to bars illegally, travel unnecessarily from isolated areas, cross-border migrants from neighboring country.

Dr. Ngamije said that in particular some areas of the country that have been infected have been isolated and that the residents should not leave their homes in order to prevent the spread of the epidemic, the areas include:

-Rusizi: There is a problem of people illegally crossing border to Bukavu in DRC

- Rusumo: due to the problem of truck drivers from Tanzania

- Rubavu has started to get infected but from people who have been measured on known routes due to their travels in other parts, in addition new areas found in Kigali, 6 villages were immediately put under lockdown

Minister Ngamije said that if the people want the epidemic to end and go back to all their activities (festivals, prayers, gatherings, entertainment ....) they should be the first to prevent it

CP KABERA John Bosco, Rwanda police spokesperson reminded the entire Rwandan population to seriously respect the advice given by the authorities. For him, he sees all measures as a kind of covid-19 medication.

He referred extensively to the RUSIZI case, saying that RUSIZI was the last outbreak of COVID-19 in the country; after RUSIZI reaches many of the numbers, the state has taken a goal to test at least 5,000 people over the next few days and they are confident that the exercise went smoothly, as the residents of RUSIZI are now subject to strict locking.

In addition to this CP KABERA said that the official declared that the situation of COVID-19 in Rwanda and in RUSIZI in particular is under control and that there is no reason to be alarmed.

Asked about people who can finish their work after 21h00, including journalists, police said they should also be aware that before work they should be citizens who are required to comply with the instructions given by the government.

Citizens participated in the talk show asking questions  to t leaders mostly to police saying that transport of detainees and police stations detentions do not follow the social distancing measures giving the case of Ngoma district where on 29th June 72 detainees  tested positive in that single district.

CP Kabera aid that the team in charge of this will monitor the issue and take action

Leaders argued the population to continue complying with regulations, noting that non-compliance would endanger their lives. Moreover, they should not overdo it because although covi-19 have not killed many in Rwanda, but it is a deadly epidemic.

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