Truck drivers want re-testing requirements for Covid reviewed

Written By: KNA

Truck drivers will now have to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing in line with East African Community guidelines to tackle trans-border spread of the disease while minimising disruptions to cross border trade.

Long distance truck drivers are appealing to the Ministry of Health to review the requirement for re-testing for COVID-19 after 14 days.

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The truckers claim that the requirement is untenable since it takes them 14 days to travel from the port of Mombasa to their various destinations in the region.

The drivers who spoke at the border town of Malaba in Busia County said the two-week period is becoming uneconomical as most of them spend over 14 days travelling between Mombasa and their respective foreign destinations.

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One of the drivers, Alex Wambua said their Covid-19 free certificates expire before they return to Kenya hence they are then forced to spend the equivalent of 7000 shillings in Kenyan currency to retest for COVID-19 in South Sudan and Uganda.

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Another driver Seneta Mwashumba whose destination is Juba said the traffic snarl up at the border town was still a problem even after they started testing for COVID-19 before embarking on the journey, yet they are held up at the Malaba border for a further three days.

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Some drivers are said to spend 11 days between Mombasa and Bungoma before joining the queue where they have to spend another four days and forced to re-test after the lapse of 14 days.

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