On January 18th 2021, a virtual cabinet meeting in Rwanda took place and decided the start of Total Lockdwn of the city of Kigali, as one of measures taken to fight against the spread of Covid19 Pandemic in Kigali city that had a big number of people tested positive.
As the measures were to be immediately in effect, the following day, 19th Kigali city started the Lockdown where no body is allowed to leave his home without police move clearance. Only workers for what the Government Identified as most important services were going to service including health workers, security workers, banks, markets for food etc.
The lockdwown in kigali city affected the National Union of Disability Organisations in Rwanda, NUDOR as many other institutions and organisations from both Government and private. However, within these circumstances NUDOR continued to look for information and well being of their beneficiaries (persons with disabilities) in Kigali and around the country.
It is in this regard that through her Mother, NUDOR knew that SHEJA, a 10 year old daughter whose family lives at Rusisiro cell, Nyamirambo Sector in Kigali city was suffering from severe physical impairment with paralyzed legs, back problems and more other disfunctional parts of her body. On 25 January 2021, NUDOR started by providing to SHEJA a wheelchair to support her moving around , and on 27th January NUDOR decided to bring Her to specialized Hospital of Rilima Orthopedic Center situated at Bugesera District, Eastern province of Rwanda on the move clearance provided by Rwanda National police.
Arriving at Rilima Orthopedic Center, SHEJA was properly consulted, Passed through Radiography and Taken many other exams. After explaining to the Parents about SHEJA disability, The Doctor who consulted Her promised the family to provide them a report after two weeks, that will provide more on what can be done to follow up the health of this young Lady, and the cost that it will take as she will have to spend months and months in this hospital from the first step to the last. However, The Doctor indicated that SHEJA is suffering from “Paraplegia” and will not stand up to walk. Instead she will be a long-life wheelchair user, and what the hospital can do is to help her to find appropriate and fitting wheelchair that can minimize effects of her disability as well as allowing other organs to not be attacked.
Waiting for more to be Done by Rilima Orthopedic Center to make SHEJA more healthier, Her parents that accompanied her to the hospital thanked NUDOR for the support provided to their family and said they hope their daughter will be more healthier than before, after passing through different hospitals that brought to no real result of her suffering. NUDOR will continue to provide any needed support for her to get adequate health care services in terms of capacity and advocacy.