A number of Makerere University students offering post graduate studies in Clinical Medicine have been retained by the university to work at various National Referral Hospitals in Kampala to help avert crisis in health service delivery arising from the on going pandemic of coronavirus.
The students where retained on request by Ministry of Health Uganda and will be on duty on various accasions helping patients and managing the pandemic. The students will work at Mulago National Referral Hospital and other affiliated hospitals of Kiruddu, Kawempe, Butabika and Naguru.
According to the university official social media pages, a section of other priority staff in the sections of Epidiomology, Virology and others have also remained on duty while several others from the same College of Health Sciences of the university will remain at standby in case the positively confirmed cases of COVID-19 keep increasing.
Although it’s not yet clear whether the students will be paid by government for their services, it is evident that the students have been under going training at the Viral Research Institute of the university during their course of study on how to manage the crisis.
With this call to fight the coronavirus pandemic, Makerere University becomes the first public university to engage it’s students and staff at the forefront of fighting the virus while it becomes the second after Kampala International University (KIU) which recently recalled all emergency staff and students back to the hospital to prepare treat patients who test positive for the Coronavirus.