Jackline Atim, a resident of Lorikor West in Elegu town council says the drivers and residents were freely mixing and interacting without observing the standard operating procedures aimed at fighting the spread of COVID-19 which includes face mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing among others.
The residents of Elegu town council in Amuru district are appealing
for a massive COVID-19 tests to be carried out following their
interaction with truck drivers whose status is unknown.
2000 truck drivers from the East African countries recently staged a
strike, parking their trucks at Elegu border post in protest of the
armed attacks targeting their colleagues in South Sudan.
a resident of Lorikor West in Elegu town council says the drivers and
residents were freely mixing and interacting without observing the
standard operating procedures aimed at fighting the spread of COVID-19
which includes wearing face masks, social distancing and hand washing
worried that the fact that some of the truck drivers, especially from
Kenya, which has registered a surge in the virus freely mixed with the
another resident of the area says that even though the drivers could
have been tested from their countries of origin or upon entrance into
Uganda, they could have contracted COVID-19 on their way to Elegu.
wants the government to conduct a massive test and also vaccinate them
since they stand a high chance of contracting the contagion given the
level of exposure to the drivers.
Akule, the LCI chairperson Lorikor West in Elegu town council confirmed
the interaction between the drivers and residents in the town
council. Akule says that mostly the restaurant operators and juice
dealers heavily interacted with the drivers from within and outside the
BLD parking lots and streets.
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Odong Olwedo, the Amuru District Health Officer says that currently
they are prioritizing vaccinating truck drivers. According to Olwedo,
they are writing a concept to both the Ministry of Health and
Inter-governmental Authority on Development - IGAD seeking for at least
10,000 test kits which he says are yet to get feedback on.
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2,000 truck drivers tested positive for COVID-19 from the Elegu border
entry point last year when the pandemic was at its peak.