Rwanda Receives Coronavirus Supplies from the Dubai Ruling Family
On 14th June 2020, Rwanda received over 300,000 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and medical equipment from H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid A1 Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and his wife H.H. Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Junta A1 Maktoum (the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ruling family). DP World and One&Only hotels in Rwanda assisted with the logistics of the delivery of these items from Dubai. “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and the First Lady. Sheikha Hind, are determined to do their bit to support the people of Rwanda during this difficult time. They are very focused on extending their assistance and friendship to help others battling this awful pandemic,” said H.E. Mohammed Al Shaihani. Executive Director and CEO of the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) and Chairman of the Board that manages One & Only hotels.
During an interview about the adequacy of anti- Coronavirus COVID-19 equipment in the country, Nsanzimana said that the country does not have a shortage, thanks to a couple of reasons for instance not having many complicated cases. “We are happy to continue to upgrade our capacity. But the thing is, let us prevent it (Covid-19) and not have more cases because treatment is the last option. If we can prevent, this is the main thing,” he said.
Speaking on the behalf of Dubai, Sumeet Bhardwaj the Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Port World (DP World) Kigali said, “I see this as a sign of even stronger friendship between the UAE and Rwanda, and on a personal note I am grateful to his Highness Sheikh Muhammed (the Prime Minister of the UAE) along with his wife Sheikha Hind who have extended this generous support to all of us Rwandans.” DP World and One and Only Hotels in Rwanda assisted with the logistics of the delivery of the items from Dubai to Rwanda.
Bonita Mutoni the Sales and Marketing Manager of One and Only Resorts Rwanda told media that their assistance towards the logistics of the delivery of the equipment from Dubai is aimed at supporting Rwanda to be safe again for its citizens and tourists who want to come in from outside “We have Rwandans working at the property (One and Only), we are also a key partner with Rwanda Development Board bringing tourists to the destination. So we have got to make sure that the destination is safe for tourists to start to return to Rwanda,” she said.
Rwanda on Saturday, June 13 reported 31 new Covid-19 confirmed cases- the highest since mid-March when the country registered her first case. On the same day, 11 patients were discharged from treatment centres after recovery. The results were from 2,043 sample tests. In a statement, the Ministry of Health noted that “Rusizi cluster and Rusumo continue to drive new cases” hence urging “heightened vigilance everywhere”.