MUYINGA July 15th (ABP) – The Minister of the Interior, Community Development and Public Security and chairman of the national committee responsible for the fight against COVID-19, Mr Gervais Ndirakobuca, opened on Wednesday the center for the fight against COVID- 19 at the Burundian-Tanzanian border post of Kobero located in Butihinda commune, Muyinga province (north-eastern Burundi), a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
Minister Ndirakobuca was surrounded by members of the said committee. The center was the second to be opened after that of Gatumba in Mutimbuzi commune. It consists of several rooms including the reception room, the testing room, the results-waiting room, the results-reception room, and two exit circuits, one for the negative test and the other for the positive test.
According to Minister Ndirakobuca, that center also has the advantage of being built in hard materials, a safe place for the daily work of the teams assigned to it. Also, he declared, the center will be equipped with the Internet so that the technicians who take care of the test can make the rapid transmission of the results To Whom It May Concern. He added that after the construction of the COVID-19 centers of Gatumba in Mutimbuzi and Kobero in Butihinda commune, the national COVID-19 committee intends to erect such centers at the Mugina border post in Makamba and at the Melchior Ndadaye International Airport, and later on other land borders but taking into account the flow of people.
Responding to the question related to the COVID-19 situation in the country, he said it was good. According to him, the figures for the past week were as follows: the country’s provinces recorded 49 cases, the City of Bujumbura with 70 cases and 30 cases at the various land borders.
Asked to give the position of the government of Burundi on the arrival of the vaccine against the Covid-19 in the country, he replied that there was no handicap. “We have given permission to embassies and international non-governmental organizations which have requested it to bring in the said vaccine. The latter has been used on these foreigners but also on nationals who work in those missions and NGOs. Burundians who wish to have this vaccine leave the country to be vaccinated abroad and return freely. No one has been worried so far,” he added.
After the opening of the said center, the members of that national committee underwent Covid-19 test.