The World Health Organization (WHO) has spoken out on Uganda’s decision to revise its COVID-19 cases by deducting foreign truck drivers who initially were added on the country’s cumulative case count.
The COVID-19 confirmed cases in Uganda hit 264 yesterday Wednesday but according to statement issued by the Ministry of Health on Thursday morning, the cases of foreign truck drivers were deducted and Uganda’s COVID-19 cases were dropped to 145. This was a presidential directive.
“Following a presidential directive of deducting all foreign truck drivers from Uganda’s case count, the confirmed cases now stand at 145,” the Health Ministry announced on Thursday morning.
Now, the WHO country representative to Uganda Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam has this afternoon said that Uganda should inform countries of origin of these COVID-19 patients so that they are considered in their case count.
Woldemariam was this afternoon accompanying Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng as she addressed reporters at UBC in Kampala.
“The International Health Regulations which was ratified and become an International Regulation in 2005 requests that all cases should be informed to the World Health Organization (WHO) by the member States. In this case when Uganda revises it’s numbers, we expect Uganda to inform the places where these people come from so that they will be considered their places origin,” said Yonas.
He added, “I think this is the process which should happen ..This needs to be formalized. This is something which in the East African Community has to be standardized and we will facilitate discussion between the member States so that these cases are not lost.”
On Saturday , the COVID-19 National Task Force chaired by President Museveni issued a directive that only COVID-19 foreign negative truck drivers should be allowed to enter Uganda.
Hundreds of foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 have since been denied entry into the country and handed back to their respective countries of origin.