KAMPALA – Kyambogo University has been hit by the sad news after one staff tested positive for COVID. The office of the Dean of Faculty of Vocational Studies has closed after one of the office staff tested positive for coronavirus.
The victim who has been identified as Mr. Olum Denis, a desk officer at the faculty is currently receiving treatment at Mulago National Referral Hospital.
In a letter dated 30th October 2020, the Director for Human Resource Mr. Manano Richard confirmed the case to the University community causing panic in the Banda based University.
According to Mr. Manano, the Director Health Services has advised that ” all people in the office were he(Olum) works are contacts and should isolate from the community and monitored from their homes.
The contact persons include; Assoc Prof Bosco Bua the Dean Faculty of Vocational Studies, Ekyatuheire Lydia – Ass. Registrar, Mr. Muliira Edward – Administrative Assistant, Ms Lalam Irene – Faculty Secretary, Ms. Nalunjogi Norah – Office Attendant, Mr. Mugisha Andrew – Faculty Custodian, Mr. Obam Richard – Laboratory Assitant, Ms. Nakatumba Ruth – Medical Clinical Officer and Ms. PAtricia Amoli – Office Attendant.
All the staff of Kyambogo University that are listed as contacts will be officially be sent home where they will undergo 14 days of isolation and their offices will be fumigated.
During the period of self isolation, Mr Manano says the Ministry of Health will collect the samples from the contacts for Covid-19 testing.
He has also advised them to work virtually from home during the period of isolation and also keep in touch with the relevant authorities at the university for any developments.
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The situation seems to not be sweet for the freshly returned finalists to the university to end their final semester. This also takes on the entire staff fraternity as some of the staff members have been heard vowing to remain home till the situation calms to normal.
The COVID cases are expected to increase in numbers in the institutions as a result of the way the situation is being handled from almost every institution.
This website also learnt that at Kyambogo University’s small gate, the security guards line up students and staff to check their temperature on entry without ensuring social distancing something that stages a high risk to spread COVID.
On the other side, Universities/schools seem not to have enough capacity to sanitise/fumigate lecture rooms and practical equipment used in practical lectures like computers. keyboards, mice, and others like for engineering, and sciences.
These can also be channels that can spread COVID in an institution setting.
In a press statement issued by the Kyambogo’s VC Prof. Eli Katunguka at the re-opening of the university, he confirmed that the university has provided sanitizers, hand washing machines and temperature guns as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Indeed, it was witnessed that they were put in place though mayn’t be suffucuent and reliable to serve the entire university community.
In the writer’s opinion, the government needs to extend serious COVID support to the institutions and review the measures to avoid cases from escalating.
Quick recovery Mr. Olum Denis.