Bungoma county has reported its first two cases of COVID-19 positive patients.
Bungoma county becomes the 16th county to have patients who have tested positive of Corona.
The patients are truck drivers who were travelling to Uganda from Mombasa via the Nothern Corridor.
They are currently being quarantined at Webuye Sub County Hospital isolation ward.
Reports indicate that the two were tested on Thursday last week at Panpaper and Bitobo on Webuye-Malaba border highway and were admitted at Webuye Sub County Hospital isolation centre where blood samples were taken to Kemri and they tested positive of Corona.
Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati said they will intensify testing of truck drivers in all parking centres including Webuye, Bukembe, Kanduyi and Kimaeti to ensure that they control its spread.
“They do mingle with our people and we don’t want them to contract the pandemic ravaging the world,” said Wangamati.
Three weeks ago, the county government started screening all incoming truck and Matatu drivers at all entry points including Watoya market at the birder point of Bungoma and Kakamega Counties
“We set up screening points at the four entry points namely Bitobo, Kaburengu, Maliki and Watoya,” he said.
The county has also set up a 16 bed capacity isolation centre at Webuye Sub County Hospital where people with Coronavirus like symptoms are quarantined from.