By Benjamin Jumbe
The parliamentary committee on COVID-19 has appealed to the Ministry of Health to immediately deploy one of its mobile testing vans at the border of Mutukula.
This follows a visit to the border where legislators learnt that samples of four COVID-19 cases of the Tanzania truck drivers were tested on 21/04/2020 at Mutukula but results were released on Sunday.
They argue that the delay in transporting the samples to Entebbe can easily compromise the outcome of the tests and puts the entire route along which the truck drivers move at risk.
Speaking to KFM, a member of the committee, Bernard Atiku said they also witnessed Ugandans cross to Tanzania to work in markets and buy foodstuffs freely and vice versa while truck drivers freely mixed with Ugandans even before being tested.
The committee is now calling for immediate intervention and establishment of a joint operation along the Uganda-Tanzania border to create awareness along the border communities and also check free interaction of people along the border.