Ebola readiness: RDF performs third full scale Ebola simulation exercise in Rubavu as the disease has killed 1,200 people in DR Congo

By The Inspirer

Rubavu, 24 May 2019

In the context of the on-going Ebola outbreak in DRC that was declared on 1 August 2018, and exercise dubbed “Kumira Ebola Simulation Exercise” aimed at preventing Ebola epidemic was done at the Rugerero Heath Centre in Rubavu District, which is part of Rwanda’s Western Province bordering with the Democratic republic of Congo (DR Congo).

The practice is intended to have preparedness and build capacity of front-line workers so that they can effectively deal with any Ebola case that might occur in Rwanda was devised thanks to a partnership between Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) and the Ministry of Health.

Ebola has so far killed 1,200 people in DR Congo, one of Rwanda’s neighbouring countries, implying that the disease might spread to Rwanda given the movement of people and goods through the borders between these countries which are neighbours.

At the closure, Col Dr Eugene Ngoga in charge of clinical services at Rwanda Military Hospital, said that specifically, Ebola Simulation Exercise (SIMEX III) tested RDF and RNP health personnel readiness and preparedness to a possible EVD outbreak in the country.

He noted that during the medical simulation exercise tested RDF medical service personnel and other stakeholders on the readiness and general conduct during a probable Ebola outbreak in Rwanda.

“The good news is that no single Ebola case has been recorded in Rwanda but it’s imperative to continually train our medical practitioners and stakeholders to be able to handle any case that could emerge,” said Col Dr Ngoga.

Dr Jean Pierre Nyemazi, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health concurred saying that “we have a lot of work to do, so we have to utilize such events to prepare not only for Ebola but also for other diseases that might break out in the country.”

The SIMEX III involved various personnel from the Rwanda Military Hospital, RDF Medical Regiment, Rwanda National Police and Rwanda Biomedical Centre.

The exercise started on May 6, 2019, and involved different phases among them training sessions on Ebola disease, MoH Guidelines, SOPs during the disease outbreak and rehearsals.  At the end of this exercise, the participants were equipped to appropriately intervene and effectively contain Ebola in case of an outbreak.

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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