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COVID-19: Isingiro District Surveillance Trucks Breakdown :: Uganda Radionetwork

COVID-19: Isingiro District Surveillance Trucks Breakdown

All vehicles from Production and Veterinary allotted to health department and the one they received from Health Ministry that were meant to help in surveillance bogged down.
Isingiro District Headquarters

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The truck allocated to the Isingiro District Covid-19 Taskforce to respond to suspected Corona virus disease cases and conduct surveillance has broken down.

The TATA pickup truck registration number UG0003M is grounded at Isingiro district headquarters following the breakdown of the shaft.    

The National Task Covid19 Force allocated the truck to Isingiro because it was categorized as a high risk district due to its proximity to Tanzania and porous border.

Herbert Muhangi, the Isingiro District Covid19 Task force Chairperson has confirmed the breakdown of the truck and attributed it to the poor state of roads there.   .

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According to Muhangi, they need money to service the trucks, which they don’t have.    

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Jeremiah Kamurari, the Isingiro District Chairperson LC V, says they have transport challenges since the vehicles from the Production and Veterinary departments that were assigned to the health department to boost the surveillance work have broken down.  

He says transporting samples and suspects from areas such as Kikagate, Kashumba, Rugaaga, Ntantamukye and Ndizi that neighbor the borderline of Tanzania is becoming difficult without a vehicle.


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Emmanuel Ainbyoona, the Health Ministry Communications officer has advised the district to write to the Permanent Secretary for help.

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Dr. Edson Tushemereire, the Isingiro District Health Officer, says they have attended to over 1500 suspected cases since March. 153 of these are in Quarantine.      

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