KAMPALA – Makerere University top management has agreed to offer support to its international students stranded at the University following the closure of education institutions and transportat means by President Yoweri Museveni as part of the measures to control the spread of Coronavirus in Uganda.
The development was reavealed through the University official Twitter handle noting, “At today’s online meeting of Top Management, it has been decided to give a relief package to International students in hostels and in Livingstone and Africa Halls of residence for the remaining two weeks of lockdown. Each of these students will receive Shs63,000 for feeding.”
The development comes at the time Makerere University Hospital reveals plans to start testing for Coronavirus, after receiving 40,000 Covid19 testing kits through research collaboration with Case Western Reserve University in the United States.
Uganda Bankers Association and DPF extended financial support worth Shs200M to Makerere to support the COVID-19 rapid test kits production, a development that put the University at the helm of fighting Coronavirus in the country.
However, it isn’t just the international students staying at the institution, but also medical students who were retained to help the team from Ministry of Health fight the threat of coronavirus in the country.
This was after the University Management agreed to the request from the Ministry of Health to retain all Clinical postgraduate students at Mulago Hospital and affiliated hospitals of Kiruddu, Kawempe, Butabika, and Naguru as well as a section of academic staff in priority fields also remained and others are on standby.