KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
The Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) has conducted an
exercise to check the preparedness of army medical personnel’s
readiness to respond to Ebola outbreak in Rwanda, an army
spokesperson said on Friday.
The mock response
exercise was conducted on Thursday at Rwanda Military Hospital
in Kanombe area on the outskirts of Kigali, featuring imagined
Ebola patients, RDF spokesperson Innocent Munyengango told a
news briefing in Kigali, the Rwandan capital.
The exercise proved
RDF’s readiness to contain the outbreak, he said.
personnel will continue training and improving their skills
against Ebola or any other epidemics, he added.
Muvunyi said Rwanda
currently has no suspected or confirmed case of Ebola, but it is
imperative to train healthcare providers, stakeholders about
treatment and prevention measures.
Since the outbreak
of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda has put in
place strict prevention measures against the disease.
According to the
World Health Organization (WHO) assessment, Ebola outbreak risk
is still very high at the national and regional levels, but the
global risk level remains low.
WHO statistics show
that as of Tuesday, 247 Ebola cases, including 212 confirmed
ones and 35 probable cases, have been reported. The death toll
has reached 159, including 124 confirmed and 35 probable cases.
Rwanda launches countrywide
tree planting season
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwandan Ministry of Environment Saturday launched
a countrywide tree planting season with a total of 43,589
hectares of land set to be covered with trees over the next six
The launch took
place in Gatenga Sector in Kicukiro District of capital city
Kigali, where 180 hectares of agroforestry and 30 hectares of
woodlots will be planted and 175 hectares of degraded forest
lands will be rehabilitated during this year’s forest planting
Rwandan Minister of
Cabinet Affairs Marie Solange Kayisire at the launched
encouraged all Rwandans to be active in protecting and expanding
Rwanda’s forests to build a green and healthy nation.
efforts will support Rwanda to achieve the target of covering 30
percent of the country with forests, she said.
She also called on
Rwandans to plant ornamental trees in their gardens and fruit
trees around their homes and agricultural lands to contribute to
This year’s tree
planting season, organized by Ministry of Environment together
with several other government partners, is dedicated to
increasing community involvement and ownership in landscape
restoration for enhanced impact and sustainability.
season, a total of 38,119 hectares of agroforestry, 4,800
hectares of classic forestry and 225,440 fruit trees will be
planted. In addition, 670 hectares of degraded forests will be
will be given to Kigali and Eastern Province in this year’s tree
planting season, due to shortage of forest cover.
coverage stands at 29.8 percent, of which plantation forests
occupy 17.9 percent and natural forests comprise 11.9 percent,
Ministry of Environment said in a statement released Saturday.
The 2016 national
forest inventory revealed that Rwanda’s forests are degraded and
need special attention to improve management of planted trees
and rehabilitation of degraded forest lands.
The launch also
coincided with the celebration of the 43rd national
Tree Planting Day, which drew local residents, government
officials, members of security agencies and the private sector
to plant trees.