Rwanda inaugurates new COVID-19 treatment center

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A man measures temperature for a secondary school student preparing to board a bus in Kigali, Rwanda, on Oct. 31, 2020. They were transferred to boarding schools by bus on Saturday, in preparation for the reopening of schools which have been closed since March due to COVID-19. (Photo by Cyril Ndegeya/Xinhua)

The Rwandan Ministry of Health on Friday inaugurated a new COVID-19 treatment center here as part of its efforts to handle a projected surge in cases following festive celebrations.

“The new facility located at Nyarugenge district hospital is set to significantly improve COVID-19 case management, offering the highest standard of oxygen therapy,” Rwanda Biomedical Center Director-General Sabin Nsanzimana told a news program on the national Rwanda Television.

Many patients in serious condition in Kigali and surrounding areas will be admitted to the new facility, he said, adding that it has a capacity of about 140 patients in serious condition in ICU.

Efforts were underway to set up COVID-19 ICU treatment centers in all provinces of the country, he said.

The central African nation has recently witnessed a surge in new cases. The facility is expected to alleviate pressure on Kanyinya treatment center located in the same district that has a capacity of 70-80 patients.

As of Friday, Rwanda recorded 9,368 COVID-19 cases with 6,940 recoveries and 115 deaths.

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