BUJUMBURA December 15th (ABP) – The Minister of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS, Dr Sylvie Nzeyimana, accompanied by the Minister of the Interior, Community Development and Public Security, Mr. Gervais Ndirakobuca and the mayor of Bujumbura City Jimmy Hatungimana, made on Monday, December 13, 2021, a trip to large gathering places located in the Bujumbura City, including the parking lot of the former central market, the market commonly called – at Sion’s –, the Cotebu market, the Kamenge market and the Kamenge health district testing center (in the Socarti field).
The aim was to see whether the people who frequent those places comply with the barrier measures recommended for the prevention of the Covid-19 pandemic.
After the visit, Mr. Nzeyimana told the press that the visit was prompted by the increase in the numbers of people testing positive for Covid-19, while in recent months there has been a significant decrease in cases.
The minister in charge of health stressed that during that visit, they found out that there was a relaxation in the respect for barrier gestures against the coronavirus, explaining that this relaxation manifests itself especially in the non-wearing of masks in the crowds, the absence of hand washing facilities in front of certain places including shops, presence of soap-free water, people who refuse to wash their hands and those who greet one another.
For this reason, the Minister in charge of Public Health and those who accompanied her took the time to explain to the people met on the site, the advantage of respecting the barrier measures to prevent themselves and others against the Coronavirus.
Mrs. Nzeyimana took the opportunity to ask the people of Burundi to continue to respect the barrier measures launched by the competent services, to prevent themselves against the Covid-19 pandemic, especially at these times when the end-of-year celebrations are drawing near.