Rwanda confirmed his first case of coronavirus on March 13, 2020. Since then, the African country, with a population of 12.6 million people, has recorded around 24,000 cases, of which 22,000 patients have recovered and 322 have lost their lives.
Sabin Nsanzimana, physician and clinical epidemiologist director general of the Rwanda Biomedical Center, has explained in statements collected by the portal ‘infobae’ that “although we had observed other diseases such as the Ebola virus in our laboratory, SARS-CoV-2 was different due to the amount of panic and communication that circulated around the world ”.
“We had to retest that particular sample three times to be sure it was the first infected in Rwanda,” he added. After the initial detection, the Central African nation entered a harsh lockdown scheme that it has had to repeat on several occasions since then.
Agnes Binagwaho, former health minister of Rwanda, transmitted that “the western sense of democracy has totally failed, and Covid-19 is the proof of this. Those countries where someone said that you don’t need a mask or chinstrap, it’s a lie, they know it, science has shown it, but they say it for political reasons, for selfishness. Politics is a deadly weapon ”.
All positive Rwandans in coronavirus They were taken to specialized centers for follow-up and these had the help of eight “medical robots” that successfully protected health workers. What’s more, Rwanda share borders with Tanzania, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. In recent months they have only worked with goods from their neighboring countries and have thus mitigated risks.
In early March, due to the community insurance plan that covers the majority of Rwandans under the COVAX initiative, the territory received its first 350,000 doses of the vaccine. AstraZeneca-Oxford. In nine days, about a quarter of a million people were vaccinated.