The Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Health’s National Vaccination Program has successfully vaccinated nurses and midwives working in all health facilities including those working in remote area. Since the outbreak of COVID – 19 last year in 2020, nurses and midwives have been at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic. Nurses have been involved in testing, treatment and offering counseling and psychological support to the public.
Rwanda Nurses and Midwives Union played part in advocating for mass vaccination of nurses and midwives.
The union is thankful to the Government of Rwanda for having considered nurses and midwives as healthcare providers among the first beneficiaries of the vaccine. Nurses and midwives continue to be on the front line fighting COVID-19 daily and providing essential health services. This puts them at high risk of contracting communicable diseases including COVID-19.
Nurses and midwives are the backbone of every health system. They account for over 50% of the global health workforce, their roles diverse from devoting their lives to caring for mothers and children, giving lifesaving immunizations and health advice and looking after all age group including the older people. They are often, the first point of care in the communities.
Furthermore, RNMU encouraged and had her staff get the COVID – 19 vaccine