AFENET Corps of Disease Detectives (ACoDD) team members: Patricia Eyu and Aggrey Byaruhanga were deployed to conduct contact tracing for COVID-19, on 18 March 2020.
The confirmed case was a truck driver who entered Uganda through Mutukula border from Tanzania. The case was one of 12 trailer drivers that were investigated, including taking off their samples, upon entry into Uganda on Thursday 17 April 2020. He was screened at the border and tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to Mulago National Referral Hospital upon confirmation.
This ACoDD team was deployed to conduct a detailed interview with the case with the objective of ascertain information on all contacts to the case. The interviewing supported contact listing, contact identification and contact follow up among persons interacted with along the highway, stop over and fellow truck drivers. With the help of the surveillance focal person of Masaka District in Central Uganda, who first identified the case, the team was able to triangulate information on the history of travel of the case, disease progression and possible source(s) of exposure.
The ACoDD teams are being coordinated through the Emergency Operation Center (EOC). The EOC is at the forefront of receiving community alerts and tracking transport movements using GoData contact follow up application. ACoDD teams will be critical in following up all these contacts.