On 23rd July 2019, Lt Col. Dr.KANYANKORE Williams, Director of Gisenyi District Hospital, addressed the entire ULK Gisenyi Community on what Ebola is all about and mechanisms towards its prevention.
It was an event which was attended by students and staff members among others ISHEMA Pierre, the Director of Academic Affairs, KARARA Alexis, the Director of Administration and Finance, Heads of Departments, to mention but a few.
In his welcome remarks, Mr. ISHEMA Pierre, the Director of Academic Affairs, thanked the management of Gisenyi Hospital and the speaker for having accepted the invitation to deliver a lecture on Ebola epidemic disease. He then requested the audience to be all eyes and ears for effective internalization of the speaker’s message.
Mr. ISHEMA Pierre, the Director of Academic Affairs, ULK Gisenyi Campus
At the very start Mr. RUHUMULIZA Gaspard, the moderator of the event, invited the Head of Department of Law, Mr. KAMALI Jean Damascèneto lead the participants in a word of prayer after which the Director of Academic Affairs delivered hiswelcome note.
Mr. RUHUMULIZA Gaspard, the Moderator of the event
Given the floor, Lt. Col. Dr. KANYANKORE William kick-started his talk with the historical background of Ebola whereby he made it clear that Ebola was first discovered in 1976 in the former Zaire (currently DR-Congo).
The speaker pointed out that countries such as Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and South Sudan are at a higher risk of being affected by the disease as they neighbor the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Besides, the speaker highlighted possible causes leading to the contamination of Ebola such as eating dead animals including primates, body contact with a contaminated person’s secretion or sweats, touching tools used by the contaminated person or his equipment, name it.
In the same perspective, the speaker mentioned some of the symptoms found on Ebola patients. They include high fever, headaches, stomachaches, physical weakness, vomiting and diarrhea, and bleeding the entire body.
“So far, there is no effective cure of Ebola despite the existence of four different drugs undergoing trial. That is why we would like to urge you and the rest of the residents to remain cautious so as to avoid contracting the disease”, he told the gathering.
Lt. Col. Dr. KANYANKORE also talked about Rwanda’s preparedness towards combating the disease. As he said, Rwanda has put in place the infrastructure that deals in combating the disease. The infrastructure includes a fever testing camera with the capacity of testing fifty persons in a mere second. Also, all districts neighboring DR Congo were equipped with hands washing points where passersby wash their hands. Apart from this, an Ebola Treatment Zone (Red Zone) has been established in Rugerero Sector of Rubavu District to take care of whoever will be suspected to have contracted the disease. Special beds have also been availed to properly respond to the needs of whoever is infected. There is also a toll free line (114) that people can call whenever an Ebola case is suspected.
Lt. Col. Dr KANYANKORE Williams addressing the audience
Similarly, the medical staff has been vaccinated to make sure they don’t contract the disease easily while trying to save lives.
The speaker’s talk climaxed in a call he made to all those in the room to always declare themselves if they think they have come across an infected person or once they find some of the aforementioned symptoms. He also requested the participants not to shake hands as this is one of the ways that spread the disease at a faster pace.
At the end of the function, questions from the audience were raised and they all met satisfactory answers.
One of the participants asking a question
In his closing remarks, the Director of Academic Affairs, Mr. ISHEMA Pierre, thanked the speaker for his timely message and then he requested him to advocate for the campus so that a nurse can be sent to be providing Ebola testing services on the campus on a daily basis. He also requested Ebola vaccination services for the whole campus community.
The campus events hall was full to its capacity