Coronavirus positve truck driver sends panic who was yesterday intercepted at Kamudini has caused massive fear among people of Northern Uganda
Gillian Akullu, the Oyam RDC has confirmed. The patient sent wild fears across Lango following reports that he allegedly interacted with locals of Uhurru Bar, Kakoge and Juba road in Lira district, a report that the North Kioga Police Spokesperson says he doesn’t have knowledge of.
Our efforts to reach the Lira DHO Dr. Buchan Ocen for a comment did not yield as there are reports that the patient sought medical help at Lira Regional Referral Hospital over other ailments. According to an officer who was among the people who intercepted the patient at Kamdini but preferred anonymity, the patient hooked up with a local girl from Lira, and was riding with her in the truck.
After interception, he was being taken to Gulu referral hospital, but after consideration and consultations according to the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Olanya, the patient was referred and transported to Kampala.
Aruu North County MP Hon. Odonga Otto also made alarms and rallied communities in Acholi and Lango not to give pass to the Ambulance that was transporting the patient to Gulu Referral Hospital. The MP pursued the ambulance even after it made a turn and headed to Kampala.
As reports say, the Cargo driver’s samples were taken for testing from Malaba, but was allowed to continue with his journey. Headed for S. Sudan, his results returned on Tuesday when he was already into the population, prompting authorities to trace his movements.
It is still unclear how many people the driver interacted with but the news have sent panics among the residents of northern Uganda especially Lira and Oyam districts with many blaming the government for allowing the drivers to continue with the journey before the results are out.
“Why do you test truck drivers and allow them to continue? If he turns out positive, do you know the number of people he will have interacted with on the way? Better style up people otherwise you are going to make us the epicenter. Dont be excited for nothing,” a furious local from Lira said.
It is believed that, the driver interacted with a number of people along the road especially the food vendors