Burundi reports third case of COVID-19

04-03-2020 “The third person has tested positive for COVID-19,” announced Thaddée Ndikumana, Minister of Public Health at a press conference this 2 April. It’s a 26-year-old girl tested among 23 others who had been in contact with the two COVID-19 patients identified on 30 March. “22 cases tested negative for (...)

COVID-19: OLUCOME calls on government to impose austerity measures

04-03-2020 Following the outbreak of the first two COVID-19 cases in Burundi since March 31, the Burundi anti-corruption watchdog-OLUCOME demands the government to set an austerity budget. Gabriel Rufyiri, OLOCUME Chairman says the Burundian government should reduce non-essential expenses in the general state budget. “The budget should be used for (...)

Citizens concerned over COVID-19 outbreak in Burundi

04-02-2020 Some citizens of Bujumbura city live in fear since they heard the outbreak of COVID-19 in Burundi, this March 31. “We don’t have any other choice than abiding by the hygienic measures,” says a taxi-driver met in Mukaza commune in Bujumbura city. He also says the government should impose (...)

ABUBEF pleads for easy access to services for patients with cervical cancer

04-01-2020 Donavine Uwimana, Director of the Burundian Association for Family Welfare-ABUBEF says cervical cancer is a reality in Burundi and contributes to preventable maternal mortality. “Cervical cancer is one of the fairly common gynecological cancers but it can be prevented by vaccination and screening,” she says adding that in more (...)

Burundi reports first two cases of COVID-19

04-01-2020 Thaddée Ndikumana, Minister of Public Health has said the two men aged 56 and 42 are both Burundians residing in Bujumbura City. “The two nationals had previously travelled to Rwanda and Dubai and were hospitalized at BUMEREC Hospital,” he said adding that they had a cough, a runny nose (...)

Covid-19: Growing threat

03-30-2020 To be ready in the event of the appearance of covid-19 infected persons, the government keeps denying the fake news circulating on the internet … Since the pandemic was reported in the neighboring countries, the government is mobilized at all levels. From the Minister of Public Health, the Minister (...)

COVID-19: Burundi has to be careful before deciding lockdown, economist says

03-27-2020 Burundi has not yet registered any case of COVID-19 infection so far, according to the communiqué of the government released on 25 March. The government has taken some measures, including closing the borders with neighboring countries affected with pandemic and suspending flights at Burundi Melchior Ndadaye International Airport to (...)

Over 2,500 water sources dried in Burundi, Environment Ministry says

03-27-2020 “Our country has 24,787 water sources, 17,821 of them are preserved, 1,418 are disappearing while 2,508 have completely dried up,” said Emmanuel Ndorimana, permanent secretary to the Minister of Environment this 26 March. It was in the context of the celebration of the International Water Day which is usually (...)

COVID-19: Government calls on Burundians to implore God to bar virus

03-26-2020 Prosper Ntahorwamiye, Spokesperson for the government, says Burundi doesn’t have any special expertise in the prevention of COVID-19 compared to other countries already affected by the disease. “Only grace’s God has protected Burundi”, he said in a statement issued this 25 March. He also said the population must continue (...)

Passengers at Bujumbura bus parking have to wash hands before getting into buses

03-26-2020 On the occasion of the Public Transport Day celebrated on 25 March, Burundian transport operators ask people to wash hands before getting into bus as the day coincides with the wide spread of COVID-19. The Association of Transport Operators in Burundi set up hand washing mechanisms in various bus (...)