KAMPALA – Uganda’s ministry of health on Friday reported six new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 1,006.
Dr. Henry Mwebesa, Director General of Health Services in a statement said that out of 2,048 samples collected from cross-border truck drivers and community on Thursday, two Ugandan drivers and four contacts and alerts from Malaba, Busia, Amuru and Kyotera districts tested positive for the virus.
He said 17 foreign cargo truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 at the country’s common borders were turned back to their respective countries.
Out of the 1,006 COVID-19 cases to date, at least 938 have recovered, with no related death so far recorded, according to the ministry.
In a related development, Uganda’s health minister Dr. Ruth Aceng on Thursday commissioned two mobile laboratories in a move to accelerate COVID-19 testing especially among cross-border cargo drivers.
Aceng said the laboratories will help on-site testing to provide safe, accurate and timely results for the novel coronavirus.
“This goes a long way in boosting our COVID-19 response with the capacity to test for other disease pathogens,” said Dr. Aceng.
The laboratories were donated by the East African Community (EAC), a regional body bringing together Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.
The EAC under the Mobile Laboratory project donated nine mobile laboratories and coronavirus test kits to the six partner states in a bid to detect and respond to COVID-19 and other highly infectious diseases such as Ebola.