KAMPALA – Uganda is expected receive two mobile laboratories for testing and diagnosing COVID-19 on Saturday this week.
Addressing Journalists at the Uganda Media Center in Kampala, Uganda’s State Minister for East Africa affairs Julius Maganda has said ministers of health of the partner states directed the EAC Secretariat distribute the vehicles fitted in with Laboratory and ICT equipment.
EAC leaders have also agreed to ease trade between member states and to coordinate in
“These are specialised equipment trucks which work with labs and with a lot of facilities which are already fitted in them,” he said.
“There were areas of a few reagents which were expected to be cleared by World Health Organisation and that clearance also took long. The drivers have finished the training and the machinery has already set off and any time it will delivered in partner states and I believe by Saturday we should have our equipment in Uganda,” he added.
On Friday morning, Uganda registered four (4) more cases of coronavirus raising the total to eighteen (18).
The breaking news was revealed by President Museveni through his social media platforms.
“Yesterday, the 26th of March, another 197 people were tested and many of them were returnees from Dubai or other category one countries, only 4 tested positive,” said President Museveni.
According to the president, these 4 had been under institutional quarantine in the various hotels identified by the sub-committee on quarantine. They have been evacuated to Mulago Hospital for treatment.
On Wednesday, March 24, the Director-General for Health Services at Uganda Health Ministry Dr Henry Mwebesa announced five new Covid- 19 cases bringing to 14.
Three of the new five cases are Ugandan nationals while the two are Chinese nationals who escaped from quarantine last week.
Following this, President Museveni on Wednesday evening announced suspension of all forms of public transport in Uganda for 14 days as government moved to contain the spread of Coronavirus infections countrywide.