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COVID-19: Eritrean Truck Driver Intercepted in Elegu

The driver of truck registration number KBF 988R has been identified as Solomon Asghedom Abraham, 58. He was intercepted at Biabia security checkpoint in Atiak Sub-County in Amuru District
A section of Gulu Regional Referral Hosptial - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Police at the Aswa River Region backed by the COVID-19 Amuru Taskforce have intercepted an Eritrean truck driver who tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

The driver of truck registration number KBF 988R and aged 58 years was intercepted at Biabia security checkpoint on Thursday in Atiak Sub-County in Amuru District.

It is reported that the driver entered Uganda on May 6th from Malaba boarder en route to South Sudan via Elegu, Uganda.

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson confirmed that security personnel had received information from the National Taskforce about the Eritrean driver and was intercepted in Elegu on arrival at 6:00 am.  

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Dr. Patrick Odong Olwedo, the District Health Officer told Uganda Radio Network (URN) that they liaised with the Gulu District Taskforce who have taken the evacuated the patient to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital for treatment.

According to Dr. Olwedo, six contacts of the driver have already been traced and isolated at the Paboo Secondary School quarantine center.

The interception of the Eritrean truck driver brings to three the number of intercepted truck drivers at Elegu, Uganda- South Sudan boarder after being tested positive for the virus.

Gulu Regional Referral Hospital Director, Dr James Elima revealed to URN that the facility is equipped with the required human resource capacity to manage confirmed cases that may be referred there.

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Dr. Elima intimated that the facility has created an isolation ward for COVID-19 patients with up to 12 Intensive Care Unit – ICU beds.

Uganda now has recorded a total of 100 confirmed COVID-19 patients from over 39,232 samples that have been tested. Fifty five have recovered and no deaths have been recorded.