Uganda’s Minister of Health Ruth Aceng has urged women within the East African country to ‘keep away’ from long-distance cargo truck drivers.
Aceng spoke on Saturday while also confirming that three truck drivers; a Kenyan, a Ugandan and a Tanzanian had tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus
“I appeal to all or any of you who live along the roads followed by the truck drivers including the ladies who interact with them for various purposes to remain faraway from these truck drivers. We don’t hold cargo drivers until their results are released because they’re transporting essential materials for the daily livelihoods of individuals ,” She told an area media.
The landlocked Uganda mainly relies on cargo brought into the country by trucks, especially fuel shipped in from Europe and Asia via the ports of Mombasa port and Tanga in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
Despite a ban on all private and conveyance , Uganda President Yoweri Museveni exempted the movement of trucks as a part of the ‘essential commodities.’
Uganda had by Saturday confirmed 55 coronavirus cases and Museveni had also announced a lockdown during a bid to curb the spread of the Covid-19 disease there.