To-date more and more Rwandans are being vaccinated against COVID – 19, Government efforts to continue mass vaccination program is ongoing throughout the country.
Our front line workers – nurses and midwives were among the first people to be considered for vaccination.
The Rwandan Government has continued to devise means of securing more vaccines and increasing efforts to vaccinate more Rwandans. Social groups like teachers, the police, army, prisoners, elderly, people living with chronic diseases, breastfeeding mothers, motorcyclists, market vendors etc have already been vaccinated. The Government plans to vaccinate a third of the population in 2021 and double that figure next year.
Government enhanced its cold-chain storage system in readiness to launch vaccination. The country now has a capacity to store about 300 000 vaccine doses thanks to five new ultra-cold refrigerators – one of the key readiness measures to acquire, store and distribute the vaccines.
RNMU is happy and supportive of these efforts and call upon all Rwandans to embrace and respond positively to the call for vaccination – This will reduce the workload of nurses and long hours they are currently facing.
As government continues to increase efforts to vaccinate more Rwandans, RNMU calls upon all those that have been vaccinated against COVID – 19 to remain vigilant and observe preventive measures and all COVID – 19 SOPs as put across by Government. To those that have not yet been vaccinated but are within the categories under focus to hurry and get vaccinated.
RNMU takes priority the health of Rwandans, a healthy and less disease infected community directly impacts on the performance of nurses and midwives.
Drawing example from past successes, the resilience and self reliance of Rwandans under the able and visionary leadership of our government, we are confident we will triumph against the COVID – 19 pandemic. Rwanda has previously registered success in vaccination for diseases affecting children, adolescent girls, pregnant women and the general population, Rwanda has been able to record 95% coverage.
“For Nurses and midwives, the more the public is vaccinated, the more hope for lesser burdens of workload in line with the Covid-19 infections.”