By Frank Kamuntu
Kampala: The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng has today commissioned two mobile laboratories, four vehicles, laboratory test kits and other consumables donated by EAC Secretariat to fight COVID-19.
This was an initiative by Gov’t of Germany that is currently aiming to boost the COVID Response and other potential disease outbreaks in Africa.
“I was honored and privileged to commission 2 mobile laboratories, consumables, 4 vehicles donated to us by the EAC secretariat working with Govt of Germany. This goes along way in boosting our Covid response with the capacity to test for other disease pathogens” Aceng tweeted after commissioning the donations.
These comes at a time when Uganda’s COVID-19 cumulative confirmed cases as of 8th reached 1000 after testing a total of 219,627 samples since the outbreak of the pandemic.
The new infections were 23 that resulted from 3,316 samples tested and among these include;
Twelve (12) Ugandan nationals who returned from abroad that include eight (8) from Afghanistan, three (3) fron DRC, one (1) from South Sudan.
Three (3) are truck drivers who arrived via Mutukula, Afoji and Madi Opei points of entry while eight (08) are contacts and alerts; 4 from Tororo and 4 from; Hoima, Luwero, Kyotera and Arua Districts.
Thirty-one (31) foreign truck drivers (24 Kenyans, 3 Tanzanians, Congolese, 1 Rwandan and 1 South Sudanese) tested positive for COVID-19 at the border points of entry and their entry into the country was not permitted.
As of 8th, Uganda has registered a total of 908 COVID-19 recoveries (recoveries include both Ugandans and non-Ugandans who were admitted in Uganda because they could not be repatriated immediately) and no COVID-19 related death recorded.