The Ministry of Works and Transport working with various stake holders in the sector, as one of the ways of reducing the spread of Covid-19, are set to give out free personal protective gear to truck drivers operating within Uganda.
The items to be given out include face masks, soap, sanitizer and educative stickers in various languages about the prevention and contraction of Coronavirus.
Currently, the largest percentage of positive cases Uganda has registered are truck drivers who are the only category of people allowed to move in and out of the country as they transport cargo.
While officiating the handover ceremony of personal protective equipment to various stakeholders, Benon Kajuna the Director for transport in the Ministry of Works, asked all drivers to properly use these protective gear “because covid-19 is deadly and real.”
“The enforcement of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) is not only a duty of Ministry of Health and Ministry Works and Transport but it’s a personal responsibility which has to be implemented by every driver. Don’t put on masks for the sake of doing it,” Kajuna said.
He applauded Safeway, an entity focused on improving road safety, for taking care of truck drivers who are very essential as far as service delivery is concerned in the country.
Peter Tibagambwa, the Executive Director of Safe way Right way, revealed that they received this support from their partners and it’s going to benefit majority of truck drivers who are being looked at as the number one cause for the increased cases of Coronavirus in Uganda.
“We have decided to come up with this initiative for truck drivers in order to save them from public marginalization and segregation which they have faced ever since cases of corona were reported in the country,” he said.
Tibagambwa also pointed out that on top of the 250 drivers already trained, they are going to train more than 10 team leaders who will guide other drivers in turn, on better ways of preventing the pandemic and accidents.
Peter Muteta, the Acting Managing Director of Total Uganda, pointed out that through Safe way Right way, they hope to sensitize more than 10,000 drivers using both social media and radios.
The first set of donation is going to benefit drivers at border points of Malaba, Busia, Elegu , Mutukula , Lukaya and some parts of Kampala.