Makerere University will reopen doors to medical students on October 3, the academic registrar said in a news release.
“This is to inform all Final Year Students of the College of Health Sciences (CHS) that teaching and learning activities which were halted following the closure of education institutions in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19, will resume on Saturday 3rd October 2020,” Alfred Masikye-Namoah, the academic registrar, said in the release.
The students in the above category have been asked to report to the Dean of Students for accommodation on October 3. They will also report to their respective deans in the College of Health Sciences on 5th October 2020 for detailed academic and health-related information.
President Yoweri Museveni recently okayed institutions offering health-related training to resume teaching finalists.
According to Prof. Mary Okwakol, the executive director of the National Council for Higher Education, the resumption is necessary, considering the internship program for medical students is ending soon and they'll be leaving health facilities at which they are serving. That manpower vacuum will have to be filled.
"The Government... has addressed itself to the fact that medical health interns provide significant service in hospitals and other health facilities in the country," said the executive director in an earlier statement.
"It has been noted that the current interns will complete their program soon, and a new team would ordinarily be expected to take over from them. If the internship schedule is not followed, there will be a gap, which could lead to a gap in the health sector."
As the university reopens, students have been asked to “strictly adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures put in place by the Ministry of Health to combat the spread of COVID-19”.
Some of these SOPs are mandatory wearing a clean mask covering the mouth and nose, social distancing, and washing of hands regularly and/or sanitizing hands.
The university academic registrar says the schedule of the remaining semester shall cover 8 weeks (5 weeks for teaching and learning and 3 weeks of examinations).