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Campus News: KIU Western Campus COVID-19 Taskforce Inaugurated


KIU, Western Campus – The KIU Western Campus COVID-19 taskforce has been inaugurated today, June 2 after undergoing a workshop aimed at increasing awareness about the disease, which forced the government to close education institutions on March 20.

The task force was instituted by the University senior management led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Western Campus, Prof Patrick Kyamanywa (in the picture), and it is meant to come up with a management plan of making sure students stay safe after they resume school in a month’s time.

The training was facilitated by Dr Eliab Tayebwa, the Assistant District Health Officer for Bushenyi district and it was attended by senior management from the campus and KIU Teaching Hospital.

Dr Tayebwa trained staff about how to deal with surveillance of entrants into the hospital and university and also how to manage the student population once they resume school.

“We should develop a structure for the surveillance of COVID-19. Everyone entering the hospital and university should be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 because the student population needs serious management,” Dr Tayebwa said.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor encouraged staff to “spread the gospel” about COVID-19 to spread awareness.

“We are now the VHTs (Village Health Teams) of the KIU village because it is our role to sensitise our people. We should spread the gospel,” Prof Kyamanywa said.

The training takes a break and will be concluded on Thursday since tomorrow is Martyrs Day.

Picture credit: researchgate