Coronavirus: Rwanda deploys drones to spread COVID-19 awareness messages

The drones are fitted with loudspeakers that broadcast important messages about coronavirus. /RNP
By :
AT Reporter

KIGALI – As a boost to simplifying communication, authorities in Rwanda have deployed drones to help educate citizens on matters pertaining to the fast-spreading coronavirus.

In a statement on Sunday, April 12, the Rwanda National Police asked citizens to be prepared to receive awareness messages brought to them by the high tech gadgets.

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Among the guidelines issued was for residents to avoid gathering in groups as they watched the devices fly past their areas of residence.

“We have added drones to our methods of raising awareness about COVID-19. As drones pass your neighborhoods, we ask you to listen carefully to the message, don’t leave your home to view the drones. Don’t gather in large groups when drones deliver messages. Stay home, protect your life and that of others. Save lives,” the police cautioned.

Africa Tembelea has learnt that since Saturday, March 14 when Rwanda reported its first COVID-19, a cumulative number of confirmed cases had risen to 126 as of Sunday, April 2020 (of whom 25 have recovered, including 7 in the past 24 hours).

Rwanda has been embracing drone technology in the health sector, where the use of drones to deliver life-saving blood products and vaccines to remote areas is already a reality.

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