Uganda to test drivers for COVID-19

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Uganda’s Ministry of Health said it will with immediate effect counsel and test all truck drivers employed in Uganda. No truck driver will also be allowed from entering the country from tonight unless they have negative COVID-19 results.

All those tested, will then have to adopt and implement the new “Truck Driver Journey Management System” Mobile application for easier monitoring.

This was agreed today in a meeting of representatives of the Truck Owners and National Logistics Platform where a plan to mobilize and counsel drivers was agreed.

These will be one several new measures to be taken after a Presidential Directive that only truck drivers with negative test results be allowed into the country.

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Faced with the challenge of registering many new cases of COVID-19 imported from the neighbouring East African Community member states, Dr Jane Aceng the Minister of Health confirmed a new directive from President Museveni.

“President Museveni made a directive today that only truck drivers with negative COVID-19 test results will be allowed to enter Uganda,” she said.

All trucks drivers will be expected to first, undergo testing from their respective points of origin before embarking on their journeys.

Dr Aceng says that although Uganda is building its local testing capacities at the border entry points, they want the EAC member states to agree on a common approach of identifying and managing COVID-19 cases such that they can reduce risks of spreading the virus across borders.

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The preferred testing process according to Dr Aceng will be connected to a regional network through which the EAC member states will be able to effectively track the patients before they interact with the community.

Last month, the East African Community developed a Regional Comprehensive COVID-19 Response Plan aimed at reinforcing measures to protect and prevent further spread of the virus in the region.

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