Kyambogo University student and staff succumb to COVID-19

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Kampala, Uganda | URN | A staff member, and a Kyambogo University student have both succumbed to the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).

The University administration confirmed that Doreen Mirembe Juliet, a second year student of Bachelor of Teacher Education who has been in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Victoria Hospital in Bukoto and Sharon Atwine, a teacher in the Department of Psychology had died.

According to the Director Human Resource, Richard Keuber Manano, in his communication to Kyambogo University community, said Atwine was to be buried on Sunday 6, June 2021 in Kabingo Rwanshetsya, Bushenyi district.

The COVID-19 deaths have come at a time when Kyambogo University witnessed a spike in COVID-19 infections among non teaching, teaching staff and students.

Recently, the University management followed advice from a team of health experts led by Dr. Monica Musenero, senior presidential adviser on epidemics and pandemics, and suspended all the physical classes and other activities for a period of two weeks.

Professor Eli Katunguka Rwakishaya, the Vice Chancellor of the University while addressing the media last week about the COVID-19 situation in Kyambogo University said that the management was worried because of the overwhelming numbers of cases and that most students had cough and flu.

Prof. Katunguka further said that there was failure of most Kyambogo community members to adhere to COVID-19 SOPs.

Grace Meregurwa, the Director of Health Services at Kyambogo University last week announced that they had over 50 COVID-19 positive cases of students and eight staff members.