Recently, the 86th Makerere Students’ Guild Leadership, through its Ministry for External Affairs organized an online dialogue on Mental Health, particularly targeting International Students. The dialogue was held under the theme, “The Psychological Effects of Covid-19 on the International Students!”
The dialogue attracted a number of experts in the Mental Health arena, among whom was; Mr. Mugisha Samuel, a Mental Health Specialist with Care & Assistance for Forced Migrants (CAFOM), Ms. Esther Amulen, a Public Health Disaster Management Expert and Ms. Martha Mwanguzi, the Head of The International Office at Makerere University.
This event was moderated and co-moderated by Hon. Peter Mamuch Deng Nyang, the Makerere Guild Minister for External Affairs and Ms. Ndanga Lucia Ruvarashe, a student from Zimbabwe respectively. In an interview, Hon. Peter Mamuch Deng Nyang intimated to the Campus Bee that the event had been a successful one and that it had attracted a considerable number of students, both local and international. He further noted that the experts had been profoundly resourceful in edifying the students in attendance, on the vitality of Mental Health. The honourable minister ultimately observed that the objective of the dialogue had been achieved and that the exercise had indeed come in handy at a time like this one.
This dialogue came at a time where many international students had been stranded in Africa Hall, Hostels and rentals round Makerere University, owing to the recently eased lockdown that had earlier been declared and taken immediate effect. Similar initiatives are currently being undertaken across the country, by University and Student Leadership bodies across the country in a bid to engage students on the indispensability of the notion of Mental Health.