Peter Debele, the Kiryandongo Resident District Commissioner (RDC), also the Chairperson for the District COVID-19 Task Force confirmed the development. He told URN than the patient has already been referred to the National Referral Hospital Mulago for further management.
A 34-year-old Tanzanian national who tested positive for COVID-19 has
been relocated to Mulago after being intercepted on Friday night at Karuma Bridge
in Kiryandongo District.
The truck driver tested positive at Mutukula, the Uganda-Tanzania cross border
on Thursday, April 16. His sample was among the results of the 1,120 people
tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.
An alert message by the National Task Force on COVID-19 and Ministry of Health
indicated that he was aboard a truck registration TZ 650B2K destined to Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC) via Vurra in Arua District.
Peter Debele, the Kiryandongo Resident District Commissioner says that the
patient has already been referred to the National Referral Hospital Mulago for
According to Debele, the intercepted box truck has been parked at Kiryandongo
Government Hospital pending further instructions from the Ministry of Health
and COVID-19 National Task Force Committee.
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This is the second case of a truck driver who has tested positive at the border
of Uganda and her neighbouring East African countries.
On Thursday another truck driver who tested positive of the deadly virus was
intercepted at Kamdini Trading Centre in Oyam District about 65Km south of Gulu Town.
The surveillance team who intercepted him made a decision isolate him at Gulu
Regional Referral Hospital. However, area leaders stormed the Gulu-Kampala
highway to stop the ambulance from entering Gulu town with the patient.
According to the Ministry of Health, Tanzanian national from Dar Salaam he will
be immediately returned home and his case would not add to the 55 current
cumulative number of infections in Uganda.
As of Friday, Tanzania had recorded 53 new cases of the global
pandemic bringing their total number of patients to 147, with five fatalities
while Uganda hasn’t yet recorded any death.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.