Makerere University Plans on Compulsory COVID19 Testing after Lecturer’s Positive Results

Makerere University Plans on Compulsory COVID19 Testing after Lecturer’s Positive Results

Makerere University chairperson of the National Physical Planning Board, Ms Amanda Ngabirano tested positive for corona virus (COVID 19). She, on Sunday posted on her twitter page to announce the results to the public.

This has prompted the University administration to organise compulsory testing for all staff members, families and employees.

In an email to all members, Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe revealed that only essential staff members will be allowed to access Makerere University premises in a bid to to prevent the possible spread of corona.

“So far no member of our community has been reported with the disease, but one member of staff has posted on a Whatsapp group that she has tested positive and is in self-isolation. This is extremely serious. Let us all pray that her health does not deteriorate. As a community, we must renew our vigilance in the fight to keep Covid-19 at bay. We are therefore reinforcing measures to keep our community safe,” Prof. Nawangwe stated.

The Chancellor advised the staff and entire makerere community to stay safe

“Colleagues, we must take every precaution to ensure that Covid-19 does not take hold at Makerere University. It is much better to prevent the disease than to suffer with its consequences. Please stay at and work from home and do not visit university premises unless it is inevitable. Avoid visiting crowded places in town, but if you must do so, please wear your face mask properly,” he added.

He added that all University gates apart from the main gate remain closed (Daily Monitor). Access to the university by the community is however allowed especially for graduates who wish to pick their transcript if they are reaady to follow the SOPS.

“The security officers are aware about the essential staff who are supposed to be at campus. Those who will come when they are not supposed to will be turned away,” Prof Nawangwe said.

List of essential workers approved by the university council (Sourced from Daily Monitor)

  1. staff in the office of the vice chancellor,
  2. all members of central management,
  3. all college principals, deputy principals, Dean of Schools and College Bursars.

Others include; security officers, custodians of buildings, staff at the university hospital and faculties with ongoing research projects, some staff from the Directorate of Finance, Human Resource and Legal Affairs.

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