Findings show that no health workers or other hospitals staff carry out exclusive breastfeeding. For NGOs, only 9.1 percent of the mothers employed there are able to breastfeed exclusively followed by those employed in the private sector at 22.2 percent. Only women employed in United Nations agencies were found to be able to breastfeed exclusively for six months
According to Dr Arinda Anita, a psychiatrist based at Butabika hospital, children with autism thrive better at school because of the clear structure and routines that schools provide. She says the children got very agitated since homes and parents can’t fully provide it and that healing them from that disruption would need a little more innovation from the experts.
During the first phase of re-opening, schools were required to put in place certain measures including provision of hand washing facilities, ensuring wearing of facial masks, maintaining a two-meter social distancing at all times, closing boundaries and operating as either a day or boarding school but not both. However, scientists do not think schools will be able to follow all the set guidelines when they resume
Filbert Baguma, the Secretary-General of the Uganda National Teachers Union-UNATU says the decision to re-open schools is timely and welcome. He says following the re-opening of markets, arcades, public transport and places of worship, it was high time that schools were re-opened.
Previously, the hospital was charging 100,000 Shillings for each test. However, the hospital management says they were forced to increase the cost of testing after support from the development partners was halted.
Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech says that 7,600 face masks will be distributed to schools in Sub Counties while 7,752 will be given to learners in schools within the Municipality.
James Stephen Engole, the head teacher of the school told our reporter that much as they had done all the necessary preparations to receive students, they had no idea of what happened to the candidates on the first day.
At least 90 students, among them 83 males and seven females, all in their final year are expected to resume classes at Kilak Corner Technical Institute in Pader Sub County when schools reopen on October 15. But the district is currently stuck with 29 COVID-19 patients at the school dormitory which was turned into isolation centre a month ago.
According to the health ministry, 80 percent of the reported cases can be traced back to wide spread community infection that became pronounced in July to date. Children aged 0-12 years old account for 95 of the reported cases while the rest are children aged 13-18
While government might not be decided on the re-opening of schools, learners that URN spoke to say they are tired of being home and want to school. They say learning from home is impossible. They miss their friends and teachers
According to the health ministry mass COVID-19 testing among learners who are expected to return to school on September 20,2020 will not be carried out. Dr Charles Olaro says that they will only test alerts, positive cases and their contacts for the disease. The rest of will have to follow set SOPs in schools which include frequent handwashing, wearing a mask during lessons and observing social distancing in classrooms
Gulu District Information Officer, Gloria Aloyo, a member of the committee said they translated two articles about general info on COVID-19 guidelines and the other for Village Health Teams (VHT) involvement and guidelines.
Dr. Herbert Luswata, the FAMU Welfare Chairperson, says the interns have decided to stay home if they cannot be provided with PPE. He says over half of the intern training centers are going to be affected by this decision.