Botswana: Some Truck Drivers Test Negative

Gaborone — A total of 31 truck drivers as of today, May 19, have tested negative for corona-virus out of a total of 63 truck drivers tested at Ramokgwebana border.

Speaking in an interview, North East District Health Management Team (DHMT) coordinator, Ms Rodah Phindela, stated that they were awaiting results of other drivers.

Ms Phindela said the northern region had received a Gene X-pert lab machine dispatched at Francistown to test the blood specimen for the virus.

She explained that a team of medical officers was deployed at the border gate to collect specimen and also conduct routine checks like temperatures.

The DHMT coordinator said the arrival of the lab machine in Francistown was a welcome development in that it would speed up the testing process and ensure results are released the same day.

She stated that this development would also help decongest the border gate vicinity as truckers would not have to spend a night by the border gate.

When testing commenced last week, she noted, truck drivers would spend nights at the border gate while awaiting the release of their results.

Ms Phindela said this led to congestion at the border and its vicinity because many trucks were parked there due to the fact that there was no arrangement made to accommodate them elsewhere.

She stated that as of May 19, every truck driver would test and receive results same day and subsequently await the police escort as per the instruction to their final exit point.

Source : BOPA

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