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Rwanda Health Ministry Urges Citizens Not To Go To DR Congo To Avoid Contracting Ebola

The Minister of Health, Dr Diane Gashumba has called upon Rwandans to stop going to the Democratic Republic of the Congo after several Ebola cases were confirmed in the country.

Over 1700 people have been killed since ebola outbreak in the country in August 2018.

Ebola has killed three people over a period of 15 days, in the city of Goma neighbouring Rwanda.

Minister of Health Dr Diane Gashumba alongside the State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Olivier Nduhungirehe have urged Rwandans to avoid going to places where Ebola cases were confirmed, in a press conference.

Minister Gashumba said that the disease is contagious and they are warning Rwandans that they shouldn’t go to places where Ebola cases were confirmed.

“Both the pastor and the 46 year-old man who left Goma and went to look for money in mining, come back infected and refused to reveal it and prefering to seek treatment at home while they should have reported it,” she said.

Since today morning, there have been reports that borders with the DRC in Rubavu District were closed out of fears of Ebola.

Minister Gashimaba denied it and said that what happened, instead, was sensitising the residents on the hazards of going to areas where Ebola cases were confirmed, which delayed the traffic at the border.

Gashumba said that so far, all the borders are open but added that Rwandans should be vigilant.

“No border is closed and people are crossing as usual. The important message is that there is an epidemic. No border has been closed so far. What we did is sensitising people and it  continues,” she said.

Gashumba urged those who cross the border illegally that security organs are alert and won’t tolerate them.

“Anyone suspected of threatening national security is going to be seriously punished. National security is invaluable,” she noted.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has announced that about 3000 people have been vaccinated against Ebola.

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