Florence Nakayenza, 27, a resident of Mpumudde-Kyampisi Kangulumira sub-county was sent to the quarantine centre at Namagabi primary school after recklessly touching a truck without any protective gear. She will spend 14-days in quarantine.
A Woman who was found wandering
in a designated parking yard for long-distance trucks, last evening has been
quarantined in Kayunga District.
Florence Nakayenza, 27, a
resident of Mpumudde-Kyampisi Kangulumira sub-county was sent to the quarantine
centre at Namagabi primary school after recklessly touching a truck without any
protective gear. She will spend 14-days in quarantine.
The head of Kayunga District COVID-19
Task Force Margret Kikomeko Mwanamoiza says that Nakayenza’s isolation is
a precautionary measure, partly intended to dissuade women from coming into
contact with truck drivers, at a time when a number of them have tested
positive to coronavirus disease-COVID-19.
Uganda is currently struggling with
an increase in COVID-19 cases mainly among truck drivers, travelling from Kenya
and Tanzania. While these are testing upon entering Ugandan territory, they are
left to proceed with their journey while waiting for the results and tracked by
URA and Ministry of Health teams, in case the result returns positive.
Mwanamoiza says that the
taskforce in Kayunga has cancelled all the major stop centres including
Kayonza, Nazigo, Kamuli and created a new centre at Maligita Primary School
Playground in Kangulumira for the long-haul trucks. The aim is to protect residents from getting
in contact with drivers.
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Tom Sserwanga, the District Chairperson
warns that the authorities will halt cross-border trucks from stopping in Kayunga
if they don’t stop getting in contact with residents at their new parking centre.
One of the truck drivers from
Kenya Abubaker Oketch notes that it is hard for drivers to invite women at
their centres during this period appealing to the authorities to ensure that
residents are further restricted from accessing their zones.
"It is the worker of leaders
to ensure that they don't access our zones since we are also busy enough to do
that work," Oketch notes.
The Kayunga Deputy Chief
Administrative Officer Benson Otim notes that much as the truck drivers are tested
and examined at border points, they can also get the disease from the people
they associate with in the community.