Covid-19: Catholic Church donates protective gear worth Rwf300m

The PPEs will be supplied to health workers in 10 hospitals across the country in prevention of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Caritas donates PPEs to Rwanda's Health Ministry.
Minister of Health, Dr Daniel Ngamije receiving PPE donations from Bishop Anaclet Mwumvaneza (The New Times)

The Catholic Church through Caritas International Rwanda on Tuesday September 22, donated personal protective equipment (PPEs) worth Rwf294 million to Rwanda’s Ministry of Health to boost the fight against Covid-19.

The PPEs will be supplied to health workers in 10 hospitals across the country for the prevention of the Covid-19 pandemic.

While receiving the equipment at an occasion in Kigali, Minister of Health, Dr Daniel Ngamije, noted that the donation comes to boost the already existing efforts to contain the pandemic.

“The move by the Catholic Church through Caritas is essential in as far as fighting Covid-19 is concerned, especially when it comes to protecting frontline workers like health workers. The country is doing a lot in this regard, but containing the pandemic requires joint efforts like these,” he said.

Dr. Vedaste Mbayire who is the head of Kiziguro Hospital located in Gatsibo District also expressed his appreciation for the donations, saying that it will help health workers to not contract the virus.

“We commend this move because it is coming to help health workers who interact with many people from different locations on a daily basis, therefore ensuring that they won’t contract Covid-19,” he said.

The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Rwanda has so far risen to 4,738, of which 2,991 have already recovered.

Anaclet Mwumvaneza, the Bishop of Nyundo Diocese in Western Province, who also doubles as president of Caritas Rwanda reiterated the Catholic Church’s commitment to play its role in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said: “We are glad to also play our role in the fight against Covid-19 in Rwanda and we have done the same since the outbreak of the pandemic, whereby we helped many vulnerable Catholic Christians who could not afford a living.”

Caritas is a humanitarian body affiliated to the Catholic Church.

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