Rwandan Red Cross receives two new ambulances from its Qatari counterpart | The new times

The Rwandan Red Cross has received two new ambulances from its counterpart, the Qatar Red Crescent, to strengthen emergency health care services.

This happened on June 8, during a handover ceremony presided over by Qatar’s ambassador to Rwanda, Misfer bin Faisal Mubarak Al-Ajab AL-Shahwani and Emmanuel Mazimpaka, the head of the communication department, fundraising and humanitarian diplomacy of the Red Cross.

Amb. Al-Ajab AL-Shahwani, who delivered the ambulances on behalf of the organization, said they continue to carry the flame of humanity across the world on the basis of solidarity.

“We are looking at the value of humanity in the world, and the people of Rwanda deserve a lot.”

The handover ceremony took place at the office of the Qatar Embassy in Kigali on June 8.

He added that Qatar and Rwanda have a high level of relations, and this is increasing in many aspects, such as economic, trade and social affairs.

He said that the two ambulances come to reinforce the initiative of the organization, in addition to five ambulances, to help the Rwandan government to provide services related to ambulance needs in various places.

They are used in hospitals to facilitate the transport of patients from health centers to other hospitals; they are also used in refugee camps and in different events as well as in prevention areas.

“The service really helped during the Covid-19 pandemic when we had many cases of home patients who needed to be taken to hospital,” he noted.

The two ambulances come to give a boost to the initiative of the organization, in addition to five ambulances, to support the Rwandan government in providing services related to ambulance needs in various places.

Of the five ambulances; two are assigned to Nyamata hospital in Busegera district and Kibirizi hospital in Gisagara district, two others are deployed to Mahama and Nyabiheke refugee camps and one to Red Cross headquarters Rwandan.

Mazimpaka revealed that in general, an ambulance costs around 85 million Rwandan francs.

The Red Cross, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, has initiated a training center for emergency medical services and 32 technicians have been trained, he said, hence the need for more ambulances that can be used by qualified technicians.

“Currently, the number of ambulances available is really not enough, given the emergency needs.”

Founded in 1962, the Rwandan Red Cross, an auxiliary of the state as a humanitarian organization whose mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering, has more than 80,000 volunteers across the country.

Rwanda and Qatar benefit from strong partnerships spanning different development sectors in the recent past.

In December 2021, RwandAir, the national carrier, launched its direct flight to Doha, which operates three times a week, following a codeshare agreement signed between the two countries which places Rwanda’s national carrier code on 65 routes operated by Doha-based Qatar Airways. .

Previously, in December 2019, Qatar Airways acquired a 60% stake in Bugesera International Airport, which is under construction, with the remaining shares left to the government.

The partnership between the two countries extends to business opportunities that people can benefit from in both markets, thanks to an agreement signed between Qatar Financial Center (QFC) and Rwanda Finance Limited (RFL), in September last year.

The cooperation promotes skills development through training programs, facilitates the creation of a community between fintech ecosystems and the continuous improvement of the financial landscape, among others.

The ambassador said they looked forward to new areas of cooperation between the two countries.

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