Officials of Kyambogo University have appealed to the
Government to reopen a COVID-19 Management facility at Namboole National Stadium for isolation and management of students who test positive.
Addressing the media about the COVID-19 situation in
Kyambogo University on Monday, Vice Chancellor Professor Eli
Katunguka Rwakishaya said that the situation in the University is worrying
because of the number of COVID-19 cases so far registered.
According to the Vice Chancellor, Kyambogo has already registered 50 Covid-19 positive cases of students and eight positive cases of staff and fortunately, no one has died.
“So far, many students and staff have tested positive," said Katunguka. "In
addition, many students have flue and cough and a number of them have refused
to be tested, so the situation may be worse than is reported.”
The professor says for this reason, the government should reopen
Namboole specifically for managing these positive students and staff because
the students who test positive have nowhere to go, so they keep on coming back
in the university and infecting friends in hostels.
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In light of the fast-growing COVID-19 incidents, the health ministry earlier transformed parts of Namboole National Stadium into an
auxiliary hospital to cater for the rapidly increasing numbers last year 2020.
The facility began with a capacity of 1,500 beds, as health
officials continued to track the COVID-19 situation in the country.Later, the
facility was closed.
The Director of Health Services at Kyambogo medical center Grace
Meregurwa, similarly says that the government should reopen Namboole National
Stadium for the positive cases. He adds
that health ministry has taken over 800 samples for which the university is yet to
receive the results and they are worried that the cases from these samples
might be many due to the existing flu and cough among students.
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With the cases increasing rapidly, Kyambogo has put in place
strict measures like reducing number of staff coming to the university,
lecturing strictly going online and limiting the number of people accessing the
Caroline Ayebare, a student leader serving as minister of
Health in 17th Guild leadership calls upon the student’s fraternity
to adhere to COVID-19 SOPs to avoid the further worsening of the situation.
She says that no person is allowed to enter the campus without a mask on and washing hands, but when students reach inside the university, they pocket
the masks and do not social distance themselves, which Ayebare says is
dangerous to the community.
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Last week, Kyambogo University announced that there will be
no more physical lectures due to increasing cases of COVID-19 in the
University. Professor Katunguka notes that they are left with no option other than embracing Open Distance and electronic learning- ODeL policy.
“Before reopening the university, we had planned for blended
learning involving both physical and online learning, however, due to the
existence of COVID-19 at the university, we fully adopted our earlier plan of
going online,” adds Katunguka.
He further notes that unfortunately, some section of
students is opposing ODeL, adding that that is why students led by the Guild
President were striking last week saying that they wanted to study physically
but the university shall not allow that.
According to the professor, the university has enough
infrastructure and capacity to conduct studies online, urging all Deans and
Heads of Department to engage the students through ODeL as planned.
On the issue of vaccination, he says that out of 1,000 staff
of Kyambogo, only 400 have already received the vaccine and calls upon the
remaining 600 staff who are still refusing, to come up and take the jab.
Kyambogo has over 30,000 students both at the main campus and outside the