By Goodluck Musinguzi
Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor Makerere University has announced the second mandatory testing for all staff starting today morning at the Freedom Square.
Nawangwe has not spoken about the positive cases at Makerere University but asked his staff to test for their good and families.
“I have the pleasure to inform you that we have now procured more test kits to continue with the testing surveillance of our members of staff for coronavirus”, said Nawangwe.
He said Makerere University has gazetted three days in a week to test its 5000 workers. Testing has resume today 15th/09/2020, wednesdays and thursdays and will end at 2pm on each day.
Nawangwe said he prays for good health to each member of staff. I hope this week will start with new energy.
“I call upon members of staff particularly those residing on campus and members who continue accessing university premises to take advantage of the free testing.”, emphasized Nawangwe.
He said its important for the university to know your status. Let me take this opportunity to wish all of you and your loved ones good health and bright resourceful week.
However, many staff are not happy because the Vice Chancellor should come open on staff testing positive to infecting others. Some departments were temporarily closed without explanation.
67 staff tested positive out 464 cases done before testing was suspended for lack of testing kits.
Yusuf Kiranda the Acting Makerere University Secretary tested positive, Alfred Namoah Academic Registrar , Katunguka who works with security department, Annet Nakayovu, Emabatti driver to Academic Registrar. Several staff in Academic Registrar’s office Senate building , several staff in Main building and College of Agricultural Environmental Sciences(CAES).
The results were shocking on day 1, Six(6) positive cases out of 72 staff tested. On day 2, Nine(9) positive cases out of 137 staff tested. Day 3, thirteen(13) positive cases out of 110 staff and on day 4, thirty nine(39) positive cases out of 145 staff.