Coronavirus – Uganda: Museveni promised to deal with foreign truck drivers as he flags off a fleet of cars to help in the fight against COVID-19

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President Yoweri Museveni has said Ministry of Health officials are discussing with neigbours Kenya and Tanzania how truck drivers can only be allowed to move into Uganda after being tested for COVID-19, and results released.

President Yoweri Museveni said at Kololo Independence Grounds where he officially flagged off a fleet of 45 donated vehicles.

Accompanied by the Prime Minister Hon. Rugunda Ruhakana and the taskforce member, President Museveni congratulated health workers for the good work they have done in the fight against corona virus ( covid19) disease in Uganda.

Some of the cars which were flagged off by by the President

The President noted that as he had stated earlier, his intention is to build a crisis fleet for the Ministry of Health and the country. This fleet will be spared for times of crisis like these and he promised NOT to allow officials to misuse these cars.

On the fleet of cars, he said the country is targeting at least 1350 cars such that every district gets about 10 cars. “My intention is that we build a crisis fleet that will be spared for times of crisis like these and I will not allow officials to misuse these cars,” he said.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni flags off cars at Kotoko Independence Grounds yesterday

“Yesterday, almost 300 people were tested from within Uganda, these were all negative. They also tested over 1,000 drivers from Tanzania and Kenya. 11 of these were positive. You can see that the frontline seems to be shifting from the airport to the land borders.” The president said.

President Museveni added “We have been engaged in the fight against three major issues. The desert locusts, rise in the water levels and this Corona virus. And we are doing well so far”

President Museveni said Uganda can’t afford stopping truck drivers from entering the country since it is a landlocked country.

Some of the cars donated by MTN Uganda

There are three issues the ministers are discussing, testing these people before they come and the drivers wait for results before they proceed. We need the goods to come in but at the same time we don’t want the disease,” he said, saluting Ugandans for obeying guidelines.

“I am very glad about the response of the Ugandans,” said the President, noting that “I have been discussing with our scientists and they are sure a vaccine can be developed.”

“They are working hard to develop one but that may take some months. The real answer to Coronavirus is to develop a vaccine”.

On Thursday, the Minister of Health, Jane Ruth Aceng, tweeted that 11 truck drivers; six from Tanzania and five from Kenya had tested positive for the virus.  This brought the total positive cases to 74.

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