According to the letter issued on September 1st, 2020 by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni approved finalists pursuing health-related courses at all health training institutions in the country to resume school on September 28.
“It has been noted that the current interns will complete their programme soon, and a new team would ordinarily be expected to take over from them. If the internship period is not followed, there will be a gap, which could lead to a gap in the health sector,” the letter reads.
Finalists at KIU Western Campus in Ishaka, Bushenyi will be allowed to sit their final exams and complete their internships, subject will follow the Ministry of Health Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which are already in place at the institution.
The categories of students who will benefit from the directive are;
- Finalist students undertaking training at Bachelors level in Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Nursing, Midwifery, Dental Surgery, Pharmacy and Allied Medical Professionals.
- Finalist Postgraduate students on health-related programmes.
- Postgraduate students (doctors, nurses and midwives) who are qualified and are already health practitioners.
- Finalists undertaking training at Diploma level in different disciplines.
According to the letter, the decision was informed by the need to fill the gap that could occur in the country’s health sector, if interns are not allowed to complete their courses.
Below is the letter