The Kenyan truck driver who died in Uganda on Saturday was negative for Covid-19, the Ministry of Health has revealed.
The body of Samuel Kinywa Wangware, 35, a resident of Mathira in Njeri, Kenya, was on Saturday found inside the cabin of his truck at Busitema revenue checkpoint in Busia District by Paul Njoroge, a fried.
The death caused panic in the area with several worried that the driver may have died of covid-19 and perhaps infected those he had interacted with before his death.
Eriya Elepot, the Busia District Police Commander, had said preliminary investigations into the death pointed to natural causes; however, police was working hand-in-hand with medical teams to establish the cause of death.
A source in the Ministry of Health told SoftPower News on Saturday that a team had been dispatched to the area to collect samples from the body and that the Busia Covid-19 task force had immediately responded to manage the situation.
Now, the Ministry of Health has on Monday announced that they conducted investigations into his sudden death which revealed that he entered Uganda via Malaba point of entry on 31st May 2020 with negative covid-19 results.
According to the statement issued by Dr Henry Mwebesa, the Director General Health Services in the Ministry of Health, a sample was taken from his remains for retesting and turned negative for covid-19.
“A sample was taken off his remains by the surveillance team for a retest and found negative for covid-19. The Ministry would like to reiterate that to date, Uganda has not registered any covid-19 related deaths,” announced Dr Mwebesa.
As of 14 June, Uganda’s Covid-19 tally stood at 705. The country has so far registered 299 recoveries.