MBARARA – The UPDF Spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire has revealed that no truck driver will enter Uganda without being tested for coronavirus and be certified negative.
Karemire was on Saturday addressing the media in Mbarara on the new measures taken by the government control Coronavirus spread in Uganda.
Karemire said that it is unfortunate that truck drivers were entering the country yet they have coronavirus.
“Now they must have a certificate showing that they were tested and don’t have the virus,” he told the press.
On whether coronavirus results of a driver would have changed say from Kenya to Uganda, Karemire said experts will ensure that only those that are negative proceed.
He encouraged members of the public to report strangers and criminals in their places.
“Ministry of Health and President Museveni have given us directives on how to deal with this pandemic. It’s for these guidelines that we have seen the achievements made. No one has died of COVID-19 and for those who tested positive, some have recovered, ” he said.
Uganda’s total COVID-19 cases of track drivers stand at 173 with the highest number being 43 registered on May 15.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng on Friday commissioned the first Port Health Laboratory in Uganda.
According to Dr. Aceng, it is a gene expert laboratory with two machines and capacity to run 64 samples per hour.
“All truck drivers arriving via Mutukula point of entry will be tested for COVID-19 and results given within 45 minutes,” she said.