Sunday, April 19, 2020 – Bungoma County has commenced compulsory screening for Covid19 for all persons entering the County.
Working in collaboration with the Provincial Administration and the Police, Bungoma County has instituted roadblocks at four key entry points to help check movement and screen all persons from neighbouring Counties and Uganda for Covid19.
The four entry points are Kaburengu and Bitobo Market on the Webuye-Malaba Highway, Maliki on Kitale-Bungoma Highway and Watoya on Bungoma-Mumias Road.
Speaking at the launch of the exercise in Kabula, the County boss, Governor Wangamati, said all persons travelling to Bungoma or through Bungoma County shall be screened for Covid19.
“At every Covid19 designated roadblock, all persons including passengers on bicycles, motorcycles, PSVs, private motorists as well as truck drivers shall stop and be screened for Coronavirus,” the Governor said, adding that only those found to be free of the symptoms shall be allowed to proceed.
Governor Wangamati said that there shall be an ambulance on standby to take any symptomatic cases to the nearest quarantine centre.
Each of the three roadblocks is manned by 6 police officers and 4 public health officers.
There is also a tent, seats and running water and sanitizers on each of the four sites.
The latest move comes in the wake of news reports of a truck driver who drove all the way from Mombasa through Bungoma to Uganda and tested positive for Covid19 in the northern part of the Country.
Bungoma County shares borders with three Counties, Kakamega on the South, Trans Nzoia on the North and Busia on the West.
It also enjoys a vast shared international border with Uganda with a joint border post in Lwakhakha.