MBARARA – The Defence Spokeperson, Brig Gen Richard Karemire has revealed that no truck driver will enter Uganda without being tested for Covid-19 and certified as negative.
Karemire was on Saturday addressing the media in Mbarara on the new measures taken by government to stem the spread of Coronavirus due to truck drivers, a matter that has caused widespread concern in Uganda.
“Now they must have a certificate showing that they were tested and don’t have the virus,” he told media.
On whether coronavirus results of a driver would have changed say from Kenya to Uganda, Karemire said health experts will ensure that only those that are negative proceed.
Earlier, this news website sought a comment from Brig Karemire on management of truck drivers after a spike in Uganda’s confirmed cases on Friday. 43 truck drivers tested postive raising the cumulative number of confirmed cases in Uganda to 203.
“While the results have shocked our people this morning, it confirms what we have in the last many days been saying that we are not yet out of danger. That there is no vaccine yet, and so we must religiously abide by all measures put in place by government and there shouldn’t be any room for anyone to relax” – Brig Karemire told SoftPower News.
He added that “the threat is real and our lives are at great risk. Working together as Ugandans and as a region, we can defeat the Pandemic.”
He encouraged members of the public to report strangers in their areas to authorities.
Uganda has registered no death due to Covid-19 and the country’s approach to limit the outbreak has been widely commended.
On Friday May 15, the Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng launched the first Port Health Laboratory in Uganda that will reduce the turn-around of truck drivers’ results to 45 minutes.
“All truck drivers arriving via Mutukula point of entry will be tested for COVID-19 and results given within 45 minutes,” she said.
According to Dr. Aceng, it is a gene expert laboratory with two machines and capacity to run 64 samples per hour.