It is public knowledge now that there are increasing cases of Covid-19 infections at Kyambogo University with many students having flu like symptoms including cough and headache. Some have been tested for covid-19 but many of them have refused to be tested. It is unfortunate that the situation may be worse than is reported.
On Monday 31st May 2021, Management met a with a team of health experts led by Dr. Monica Musenero, the Senior Presidential Advisor on epidemics and pandemics to discuss the covid-19 situation at Kyambogo University with the aim of finding means to reduce the spread of the virus and safeguard the community.
The team informed Management that it had made an impromptu tour around the University and noted that about 70% of the population were not properly wearing face masks and observing social distance. If such negligence continued and the situation is not immediately addressed, the spread of the virus is bound to escalate.
The medical team advised Management to:
- Temporarily close the University for a period of at least 10 days.
- Limit human contact and immediately cease physical classes.
- Step up the proper application of SOPs immediately.
- Encourage staff and students to get vaccinated against covid-19.
Aware of the negligence of the population and the rapidly increasing cases of covid-19 at the University, Management has decided to;
- Suspend all physical activities on campus for a period of two weeks w.e.f 4th to 18th June 2021. These activities include lectures, workshops, seminars, meetings, group discussions and practicals to mention but a few.
- Reduce the number of staff working at the university i.e., maintain 30% of staff in offices.
The purpose of this communication is to request all staff and students to adhere to the advice given by the health experts and comply to the decision of Management for the sake of our lives and the good of the University.
I wish to encourage all students to stay put i.e those in hostels to remain in their hostels, those who commute from home to remain at home and those in halls of residence to remain in their halls of residence. Continue observing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as outlined by the Ministry of Health.
Lastly, the University has organized another round of vaccination for three days at the Medical Centre on 4th, 7th and 8th June 2021.
Together let us limit the spread of covid-19 in our community.