The Rwandan government kick started a support initiative aimed at vulnerable families adversely affected by the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown.
Rwanda currently has 60 confirmed cases.
President Paul Kagame had in a national address late last week highlighted the resolve of government to do everything possible to support vulnerable Rwandans during the lockdown citing its social and economic challenges.
“Relevant institutions are working on a social protection plan, to support the most vulnerable in our community,” Kagame said in a televised address to the nation.
“We need to speed this up. The government will continue to do everything possible, to support Rwandans through this challenging time.”
“We know that this is not an easy period for most Rwandans, whose livelihoods have been interrupted across the country. But we ask you to be patient. Although we are making good progress, we cannot afford to relax yet,” Kagame added.
The hard-hit Rwandans living in urban centres without a salaried income are the most affected. The initiative kicked-off in some parts of the three districts of Kigali.
The food relief is being drawn from the country’s National Strategic Grain Reserve under the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources which is used in case of food shortage.
Kagame also said that progress has been made in curbing coronavirus spread by enforcing countrywide lockdown and suspending air travel.