Tue. Mar 31st, 2020

COVID-19: Tycoon Sina Gérard joins world leaders sensitizing communities to increase personal hygiene

Founder and MD at Entreprise Urwibutso, SINA Gerard, washing his hands as he demonstrates to the world the need for compliance to the health guidelines recommended by health experts for the prevention against COVID-19 (PHOTO/The Light Magazine)

By George Kalisa

Rwandan tycoon and kingpin of the Made in Rwanda subsector, Sina Gérard, on March20 called on guests and clients of Entreprise Urwibutso to pay resolute attention to person hygiene by adhering to the best health practices including frequent hand washing with soap, application of disinfections and ensuring their surroundings are kept clean.

SINA urged thousands of guests who frequent the Nyirangarama shops across the country, SINA Coffee Shop and Kimaranzara Restaurant at Nyirangarama township, to comply with the Government instructions issued in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 “I would like to assure our esteemed customers that Entreprise Urwibutso is committed to furthering the fight against COVID-19 pandemic through maintaining the highest standards of hygiene and sanitation,” observed Sina Gérard, the Founder and Managing Director of Entreprise Urwibutso and College Fondation SINA Gérard.

“Before anyone accesses our services they’re encouraged to properly do the hand-washing, to wash them with soap and dry them after as well as avoiding body contacts like handshakes and hugging can help us in the fight against the Coronavirus pandermic,” added SINA Gérard.

Most travellers and tourists heading to Musanze and Rubavu districts find the Nyirangarama stopover very central. Here, they are treated to all kinds of healthy refreshments and foods produced by Entreprise Urwibutso.

clients at Nyirangama are washing their hands with sop (PHOTO/The Light Magazine)

Also, Rwanda’s business guru called on Rwandans and people elsewhere in the world to adhere to safety guidelines recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and health experts in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19.  

He is confident that his staff will effectively guide visitors on the safety guidelines after training on the basic preventive measures against Coronavirus.

He called upon Rwandans to avoid large groups of people and keep at home unless it is very necessary to go out.  

Rwanda’s Ministry of Health March20 announced six new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total number of cases to 17 since the diseases entered the country nearly mid early March. The new cases include a French woman, 30, and her ten-month old baby. The husband of this lady was among the first cases to test positive with COVID-19 in Rwanda.  

The others are a Swedish man, 26, who came to the country on March3, and a Rwandan national whose travel history shows that they have been to Europe before to cities like Doha (Qatar) and Dubai.

The country is on high alert and has issued several directives aimed at breaking the transmission circle which include suspension of bar operations and restrictions to community gatherings including religious activities.

“Bar operational hours: effective immediately, bars in Kigali and other cities will close at 21h00, and those in rural areas at 19hoo. Prayer activities; it is not permitted to move worship and prayer activities to unauthorized places of any kind, such as prayer rooms , private homes, or caves,” the statement produced March20 reads in parts.

Earlier on the same day, WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said that more than 9, 000 people had succumbed to COVID-19 while more than 210,000 cases had been reported to the world’s health body since the coronavirus pandemic started in China at the end of last year.

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