By December 2019, the world was inflicted by COVID-19 forcing everyone worldwide to rethink what they considered normal and it was only a matter of time before Rwanda would get its share of this catastrophe. On 14th March 2020, the Ministry of Health reported the country’s first case of COVID-19. Even before the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the country, the government of Rwanda had already put in place measures to tackle it.
World Health Organization (WHO) and Centre for Diseases (CDC) recommended Face Masks; a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto the other person when the person wearing the mask coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises the voice. This recommendation is based on what we know about the role respiratory droplets play in the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, paired with emerging evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that shows masks reduce the spread of droplets when worn properly over the nose and below the mouth.
Mask Investment Ltd in collaboration with Rwanda Development Board (RDB) organized a campaign called “masks for all” that brought together all government and non-government organizations, civil societies and the private sector to contribute by purchasing Barrier Face Masks and then distribute them to households that can’t afford to buy them. The campaign was launched on 1st September 2020, targeting to distribute free face masks countrywide to all households classified in Ubudehe 1 and 2 classes for a period of 10 days.
Ngali Energy responded by distributing 7000 masks to the people of Busanze sector in Nyaruguru district of the Southern Provence of Rwanda where Ngali Energy is constructing a 2.4 MW power plant. These masks were received with joy from the executive of the sector, who mentioned how they had come at the time when his people needed such kind of help. Ngali Energy always puts first the safety of its employees, by making sure that they all wear their face masks correctly while at work and conform to all other guidelines that are established by the Ministry of Health and other regulatory boards.