By Leonard Kamugisha Akida
Rashid Aman, Health Chief Administrative Secretary in Kenya has confirmed that the country is planning to carry out mass testing of transit cargo drivers as a mean of mitigating the spread of corona virus both with in and in neighboring countries.
According to Rahid, the decision to test truck drivers was reached at after a bigger number of them tested positive for COVID-19.
Kenya has been named an East African Community state exporting the virus to other member states through her transit cargo drivers who test positive at border points.
On Sunday April26th, 12 samples taken from Kenyan truck drivers tested positive increasing the total number of the confirmed corona virus cases to 355 persons.
Apparently, five of her truck drivers were tested positive in Uganda, alone. Three of whom entered the country via Malaba border while the two others accessed the country via Busia border point.
Uganda had earlier opted to have Kenyan drivers stop trucks at border points and have them driven to their respective destinations or other borders by Ugandan drivers.
Kenya’s decision is however giving glimmers of hopes to business fraternity in the country and the neighbors whose citizens have been demanding for border blockades to suspend transborder movements.