The East African Community Secretariat has announced that they will be deploying mobile laboratories to all the countries where cases of Covid-19 have been reported.
According to a statement, each country will receive a four-wheel-drive vehicle fitted with laboratory and ICT equipment, as well as all the necessary consumables for a fully functional laboratory with the capacity to conduct tests for Ebola and the coronavirus in addition to other pathogens.
Details of how the countries will collectively handle the pandemic and stop further spread of the disease in the region will be discussed on Tuesday during an extraordinary meeting for the sectoral council of ministers of health which will be held via video conference.
“Some EAC Partner States have implemented strategies to address the outbreak at the national level such as the suspension of all face to face meetings, closure of all schools and tertiary training institutions, closure of their respective air space and borders as well as implementation of quarantine on arrival for travelers from high-risk countries due to the outbreak”, the statement reads in part that all EAC meetings had been suspended by the time most of these measures were taken by the different countries.
The four EAC Partner States that have reported cases of the coronavirus are Kenya with 15 confirmed cases, Rwanda with 19 cases, Tanzania 12 and Uganda with one case. Burundi and South Sudan are yet to report any cases.
Two countries neighboring the EAC, Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia have also each confirmed a case.