Last month of September 2021, out of the 2,594 samples tested by the health team 92 people, mostly travelers and long-distance truck drivers turned positive compared to 35 out of 2,478 samples tested in August.
Elegu Port Health in Amuru District has recorded a sharp rise in the
number of Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) positive cases among travelers being tested at the
Uganda South Sudan border.
Last month in September 2021, out of the 2,594 samples tested by the
health team 92 people, mostly travelers and long-distance truck drivers turned
positive compared to 35 out of 2,478 samples tested in August.
In July, out of 1,386 samples, 32 turned out positive compared to the
month of June when President Yoweri Museveni declared a second lockdown due to
surging infections, the border recorded 103 cases from 2,604 samples.
The latest pandemic report a copy of which URN got from the in-charge of the Port Health, Robert Onekalit, between 17
April and 30 September 2021, up to 48,747 samples were tested out of which
1,128 results turned positive and no death was registered.
According to the report, only 28 contacts from 103 cases recorded in June were traced, but contact tracing for the months of July, August and September were impossible due to the mobile nature of the border community.
Dr Patrick Odong Olwedo, the District Health Officer decried the inadequate number of health staff to support the Port Health, adding that
the district trained village health team members to bridge the gap and deal with patients under
Cue out… our health
The District LC 5 Chairperson, Michael Lakony also observed that
the Port Health is being managed by seven health personnel who were seconded
from other health centres in the district, leaving further vacuum in the regular health
Cue out… in
Amuru District Task Force Chairperson, Geoffrey Osborn Oceng, who is also the Resident District Commissioner says they need to engage the Central
Government to mobilize more resources that can support their efforts to deal
with immediate border health needs.
Cue out… public
The leaders also pointed out that the increas of infections at the border town
is being compounded by the influx of long-distance truck drivers en-route to
For instance, last month, over 6,000 truckers congested Elegu, and mixed freely
with the community when they parked their fleets for 16 days to protest
insecurity along Nimule-Juba highway which had resulted in the death of four foreign
Overall, available statistics from the Ministry of Health indicates that Uganda
has so far recorded a cumulative of 123,445 confirmed cases of the pandemic, and
3,152 deaths since March 2020 to date.