Vendors at Hoima central market were on Monday tested for Covid-19 as the country takes a lead in fighting against the virus in east Africa.
The tests were conducted by a team of officials from the Ministry of Health who extended their rapid assessment survey to Bunyoro Sub-region targeting high risk communities including the police and market vendors among others.
Sources told this website that more than 70 samples were taken from the vendors to ascertain their status during the random sample exercise.
About 80 per cent of the samples of vendors operating in the market was taken for testing. Results are expected on Tuesday evening.
However, a source intimated that some vendors were at first adamant to test until the health ministry officials with support from security officers closed the market. This prompted the vendors to give in.
The vendors are those who agreed to follow the standard operating procedures put forward by the government of Uganda in the fight against Coronavirus in the country.
Mr Samuel Kisembo Araali, the head of the District Covid-19 Task Force cum Resident District Commissioner for Hoima and Kikuube Districts said the exercise is geared towards defeating the virus in Uganda.
“All this is being done for the good of all people in the country. The government wants to see all people healthy for better economic activities.”
On Friday, a detective from Masindi police station tested positive for Covid-19. He was since then transferred to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital for further medical management.