Uganda

2Youths Isolated After Entering into Country Through South Sudan Porous Border

Police in Seeta has handed over two youths belonging to China Star company to Mukono District Covid-19 Task Force for isolation after allegedly entering into the country from South Sudan through porous border.

Lawrence Turinawe and Charles Wabwiire both residents at Seeta in Mukono entered into the country using a boat near Nimule border through River Nile. They claim setting off from South Sudan on April 28, where they had gone to work as builders on a construction sites in a team of 24 people but only two could be crossed at a time.

From South Sudan they have been walking in pair and in some areas pay truck drivers who could help them cover some distances at high speed. However, before reaching Seeta their family members advised them on telephone report to police so as to help them attain certificates indicating that they are negative to Covid-19 disease before reaching home.

Turinawe notes that they are in contact with their other colleagues who are still on their way. He notes that they could not walk in a group to avoid being interrupted by police during the lockdown.

The Officer in Charge of Seeta Police Station Edward Isanga notes that police could not ascertain their health condition apart from inviting the district covid-19 response team to handle them.

Dr Antony Kkonde the Mukono municipal Health Inspector notes that they have not yet identified signs and symptoms of the disease and they have chosen to refer them to Naguru hospital for quarantine before they are released to meet their families.

Meanwhile, another truck driver identified as James Kato who tested positive to covid-19 from Mutukula has also been traced and found at Mukono industrial area before he has been taken Mulago hospital.

The Mukono Municipal Mayor George Fred Kagimu appeals to residents who have got in contact with people who have tested positive to willingly report to their health facilities for examination.