Cooperation: Handover Ceremony for the Project for Strengthening Preparedness for Ebola Virus Disease and other Priority Public Health Emergencies in Rwanda

2020/12/4
Ambassador’s speech
Group photo
 On November 26, Ambassador IMAI, together with Hon. Dr. Daniel NGAMIJE, Minister of Health and Dr. Kasonde MWINGA, Country Representative of WHO Rwanda Office, assisted at the Handover ceremony concerning WHO’s Project “Strengthening Preparedness for Ebola Virus Disease and other Priority Public Health Emergencies in Rwanda” (one million USD).  

 Dr. MWINGA, Country Representative of WHO Rwanda Office, said “Japan’s support contributed to the implementation of the phase II, III and IV of the EVD preparedness and contingency plans, and strengthened the capacities to respond to diseases especially in the rural areas including borders with surrounding countries. Through this support, shelters for thermal-imaging cameras and hand washing facilities at 6 points of entries in 4 districts (Rubavu, Rusizi, Burera and Kirehe) were installed. Furthermore, isolations units in 3 district hospitals (Gihundwe, Bushenge and Nemba) were renovated to fight against COVID19. We are grateful to the Government of Japan for the support.”  

 Ambassador IMAI said “The advantage of this project is that in addition to the supply of infrastructures or facilities which is a hardware contribution, software assistance was also provided like capacity building of workers engaged in medical sector. All these contributions are the gift from the people of Japan to Rwanda. I believe that this assistance is important to the well-being of Rwandans.”  

 Minister NGAMIJE said that with Japan’s support and WHO’s activities, we have been able to install the necessary infrastructure at borders. In addition, this support will lead Rwandan health workers to enhance their capacities to response and to strengthen Rwandan health system. We express our gratitude toward Japan and WHO’s support.”