Only truck drivers with negative COVID-19 test results will be allowed to enter the country, the Ministry of Health announced on Saturday. This followed a directive to that effect by His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni.
The decision, which took effect on Saturday 16 May 2020, followed a sharp rise in the number of truck drivers testing positive for COVID-19 over the last couple of days.
In the last three days alone, 88 truck drivers have tested positive for COVID-19 out of the total 5,475 tested. All 1,577 community samples have tested negative during this period.
On Saturday, 16 May 2020, 24 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed from 2,044 samples of truck drivers, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda to 227.
The new cases breakdown:
Elegu: 3 Ugandans, 2 Kenyans
Mutukula: 6 Tanzanians, 1 Ugandan
Malaba: 12 Kenyans
All 554 community samples tested negative for COVID-19.
Total samples tested: 2,044. Out of these, 115 samples were tested at Mutukula while 1,375 were tested at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) Entebbe.
On Friday, 15 May 2020, 43 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed from 1,838 samples of truck drivers.
Elegu: 15 Ugandans, 9 Kenyans, 4 Eritreans
Mutukula: 5 Tanzanians, 1 Burundian
Malaba: 5 Kenyans, 2 Ugandans, 1 Burundian, 1 nationality unknown
All 720 community samples tested negative for COVID-19.
Total COVID-19 recoveries: 63
Total samples tested: 2,558
On Thursday, 14 May 2020, 21 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed from 1,593 samples of truck drivers. The new cases included Ugandans, Kenyans, Tanzanians and South Sudanese who arrived via Mutukula, Busia and Elegu borders.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng and the Minister of State for Health in charge of General Duties Robinah Nabbanja on Friday commissioned the first Port Health laboratory at the Mutukula border with Tanzania. The gene expert laboratory has two machines with capacity to run 64 samples per hour.
All truck drivers arriving via Mutukula point of entry will be tested for COVID-19 and results released within 45 minutes.
Positive patients will be treated at Masaka Regional Hospital. However, non-Ugandan truck drivers that test positive for COVID-19 at Mutukula will be given two options:
SOURCE: MINISTRY OF HEALTH