Despite the recent announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO/OMS) stating that the global COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a global health emergency, district leaders in Musanze are urging citizens not to underestimate the ongoing threat posed by the virus. During a presentation to journalists from the Rwanda Media Network Against HIV/AIDS and for Health Promotion (ABASIRWA) on Musanze district’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vice Mayor Mrs. Kamanzi Axelle emphasized the importance of continued vigilance and the critical role journalists play in raising awareness and advocating for public health in the post-COVID-19 period.
Mrs. Kamanzi stated, “We must remind the public that COVID-19 is still a threat.” Just yesterday, two new cases were discovered within Musanze district, indicating that COVID-19 is still a problem that requires our attention.
While the intensity of the outbreak has decreased, Mrs. Kamanzi highlighted the importance of maintaining good hygiene habits, including regular handwashing. By practicing these precautions, individuals not only protect themselves but also contribute to preventing the spread of other diseases in their communities.
The WHO advises individuals to remain vigilant, even though COVID-19 is no longer classified as a global health emergency. It is crucial to remember that the respiratory disease, which was first discovered in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and reported to the WHO on December 31, 2019, still poses a significant risk.
Since the first reported case in Rwanda on March 14, 2020, the country has recorded a total of 132,749 infections (2.2%) and 1,468 deaths (1.1%). Specifically within Musanze District, there have been 7,230 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 64 deaths. However, the district has made significant progress in its vaccination efforts. To date, 68,421 children have received their first vaccine dose, and 47,690 have completed the full vaccination schedule, representing an impressive 67% of eligible individuals.
Mrs. Kamanzi’s reminder serves as a call to action, urging the community to stay well-informed, adhere to preventive measures, and actively support the ongoing vaccination campaign. It is through collective responsibility and unwavering vigilance that Musanze District, together with Rwanda as a whole, can effectively combat the threat of COVID-19 and safeguard the well-being of its citizens.
As the battle against COVID-19 continues, the steadfast commitment of district leaders and the active involvement of journalists will play a vital role in disseminating accurate information, fostering public awareness, and advocating for the health and safety of all. By working together, they can overcome this ongoing challenge and forge a resilient, healthier future for Musanze and the nation as a whole.