The Government through the Ministry of East African Community has donated Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) to both Busia and Malaba Border posts with a view to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking after handing over the equipment to Busia Customs Manager at the Border on Tuesday, the Assistant Director of Integration, Sarah Ogongo said that the PS is engaging with development partners to push for support for the OSBPs in terms of getting mobile laboratories and PPEs.
“As soon as we receive such support, you will see us on the ground again,” she said.
The Busia DCC, Joseph Onyango thanked the team for the donation, adding that it will go a long way in assisting the officers in fighting the scourge.
Onyango stated that the border post has been hard hit especially by the number of truck drivers passing through the facility appealing for more well-wishers to offer assistance.
He pointed out that the number of truck drivers at both Busia and Malaba are above 100 per post per day.
“The number of truck drivers do not seem to be declining because some disregard the government directive of being tested at the point of departure,” he said.
Joshua Arusei from Port Health thanked EAC for the support adding that interns deployed from Nairobi have greatly helped in easing truck movement along the two borders.
The Busia border post received 50 bottles of 500 ml of hand sanitizers, 800 reusable face masks, 500 hand gloves and 300 COVID 19 booklets.
By Salome Alwanda