Ministry of Health

COVID-19 cases increase to 17 in Rwanda

The Ministry of Health on Friday, 20 March, confirmed six new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the number of people diagnosed with the virus in the country to 17. The new cases include a French woman, 30, whose domestic partner had been previously confirmed positive, along with...

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 8:24am

COVID-19: Simple steps to prevent the spread and what to do when you think you are infected

Since December 31st 2019, COVID-19 pandemic has  claimed more than 7, 000 deaths with more than 180, 000 confirmed cases  worldwide, according to World Health Organisation. In Rwanda, by Tuesday March 17th, seven cases had been confirmed with more African countries confirming more cases....

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 6:54pm

Banks urge customers to go digital amidst coronavirus outbreak

Since Rwanda confirmed its first Coronavirus case, members of the public have been avoiding public spaces as recommended by the Ministry of Health in the country. Banks,  which are often characterized by long queues and gatherings, seemed to have less traffic at the beginning of the...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 9:45am

Debunking 10 myths around COVID-19

With more than 3, 300 deaths and 100,000 confirmed cases worldwide, Coronavirus (COVID-19) originated in Wuhan, China where cases of unusual pneumonia were perceived. The terrifying novel virus prompted China to alert the World Health Organisation (WHO) on December 31....

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 8:59am

Rwanda reassures tourists amid coronavirus threat

The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) on Monday, March 9, assured all travellers and tourism stakeholders that Rwanda has not registered any case of COVID-19, so far, and tourism services continue to operate normally in all country attractions. This comes after the Ministry of Health, on Sunday,...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 12:28am

Gashumba in parliament over understaffed hospitals

The Minister for Health, Dr Diane Gashumba, is expected to appear before the parliamentary Social Affairs standing committee, on Wednesday, February 5 to respond to queries relating to measures in place to increase the number of staff in hospitals across the country. Gashumba joins other senior...

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 11:10am

Community Health Workers tasked to end malaria in Rwanda

Despite drastic efforts to end Malaria, Rwanda is one of the fifteen countries in Africa that are still burdened with the epidemic. In 2016, Malaria cases had an upsurge with an eight-fold increase from 564,407 cases in 2012 to four million in 2016. To boost the efforts, the...

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 8:53am

Rwanda to host global summit on Malaria and NTDs

The Ministry of Health Monday held a preparatory meeting of the Kigali Summit on Malaria and NTDs that will take place on the sidelines of the 26th Commonwealth Head of Government (CHOGM) meeting to be held in June this year. Diseases like elephantiasis that affect lower limbs and...

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 7:11pm

Rwandans cautioned in wake of Novel Coronavirus outbreak

The Ministry of Health has cautioned Rwandans who travel to Asian countries to take preventive measures against the Novel Coronavirus that has been reported in Asian countries. Cases of the respiratory illness were first reported in the Wuhan City of China late last year and, as of this week,...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 1:32am

Rwanda to distribute first locally made mosquito nets

The Ministry of Health has announced that it will this year start to distribute the first mosquito nets that are made in Rwanda. Located at Kigali’s Special Economic Zone, Garment Vision Ltd, a local company, launched its operations in March last year and started with installation of...

Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 12:18am

Why UR medical graduates have petitioned parliament

Medicine graduates from the University of Rwanda have recently petitioned parliament after failing to come to an agreement with the university and the Higher Education Council (HEC). The two institutions have asked the doctors, who graduated last month, to conduct a mandatory five-month...

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 8:02pm

First Lady implores young women to take the lead in fight against HIV

First Lady, Jeannette Kagame has encouraged young women to take the lead in the fight against HIV/AIDS among their peers. She was speaking at session entitled “Ending HIV epidemic among adolescent girls and young women in Africa: what will it take?”, at the ongoing international...

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 2:18pm

The evolution of HIV treatment

In the early days of HIV/AIDS existence, there were no drugs to either prolong the life of the infected person or lessen their suffering. In simple terms, during that period, contracting HIV was akin to death sentence. Much later, Anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) were introduced but people living...

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 12:14am

Mrs Kagame commends new cervical cancer prevention programme for middle-aged women

The First Lady of Rwanda, Mrs Jeannette Kagame, has commended a new programme that will provide cervical cancer prevention options to women aged between 30-49, that have not had a chance to get vaccinated against the Human Papilloma Virus, when they were younger. Set to commence in January...

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 11:57pm

Imbuto Foundation donates 20 ambulances

Imbuto Foundation on Friday, November 22 donated 20 new ambulances to the country's health sector, during an event that was held at Rwanda Biomedical Centre’s medical procurement stores in the Special Economic Zone, Masoro in Gasabo District.  The ambulances were...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 6:41pm

Mutuelle de Santé rolls out special coverage for people with disability

People with disabilities will be happy to learn that effective June 2018, orthopedics and other specialized therapies will be covered by the community-based health insurance, commonly known as Mutuelle de santé. Common procedures may include crutches, arthroplasty for knees, hips and...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:26am