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Gulu University students to be screened for COVID-19

Dr Felix Kaducu (standing) makes his submissions to the district task force

Dr Felix Kaducu (standing) makes his submissions to the district task force

Returning finalists of Gulu University will be screened for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ahead of the anticipated reopening of the university next month.

At least 1,500 finalists from Uganda and beyond are expected to report to Gulu University for their final year semester after President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ordered for a partial easing of national lockdown. Upon clearance and guidance from the ministry of Education and Sports, primary and secondary candidates, as well as finalists in higher institutions of learning, are to go back to school and complete their studies. 

The huge student population has raised concern among the public and Gulu district task force who are debating possible ways of testing them in anticipation that some of them could be coming from hotspot areas prone to the infectious virus disease hence posing danger to the local population.

Dr Felix Kaducu, the dean of the faculty of Medicine reveals that the university intends to conduct a scientific survey which will be filled by the students online in order to know their health status. The details will be presented to health personnel upon arrival.

According to Kaducu, only students presenting high temperatures would have their samples taken for a lab analysis which will eventually reduce the cost of testing on the ministry of Health.

Bishop Loum Janani, the in-charge of integrated case management at Gulu regional referral hospital asserts that the coming of finalists from across the country and beyond poses an unprecedented burden on healthcare delivery.

Ministry of Education is yet to issue comprehensive guidelines on reopening schools to candidate classes as the country prepares to begin a phased lifting of the national lockdown.

Currently, there are up to 65 confirmed cases of COVID-19 patients at Gulu hospital and three of the cases have been confirmed from the community at the institutional quarantine centres.

Overall, the total number of confirmed cases in the country has spiralled to 317 with 69 recoveries from the over 80,000 samples tested since March, according to the ministry of Health statistics.


+2 #1 WADADA rogers 2020-05-29 11:33
Are they suggesting that testing will be done on a daily basis, What is the logic in testing them and later allow them to mix freely with the untested public
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0 #2 Akot 2020-05-29 16:54
How pathetic; not even Acholi will survive when Musevnei will be no more!

Museveni will rule for another 30 years, but he too, is human & will die, then tribes will be face to face with one another in the tribalistic system without common leader & no tribe prepared to have a beginning & continue without Museveni!

+34 years & still counting of Museveni, Ugandans still hope/expect him serve them?

Ah! some still talk of "federal states", unaware Museveni won't allow this as it will leave him tribal landless!

Not to forget federal system can only be formed by a UNITED people who MUST form a UNITED STATES!

Without UNITY of all the other tribes that UNITED for Museveni & said NO to Acholi, why is Acholi still part of Museveni's Uganda & not independent state?

What past & future was/is there with Museveni who will rule for the next 30 years?
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0 #3 Lysol 2020-05-29 18:11
It's not only about taking body temperature. How about keeping the social distancing?

The 3rd rated University is being setup for being a guinea pig for the COVID-19 in the country. We wonder why.
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0 #4 Larry james 2020-05-29 22:03
Quoting WADADA rogers:
Are they suggesting that testing will be done on a daily basis, What is the logic in testing them and later allow them to mix freely with the untested public

That's the dumbofery in this country. Always trying to justify so they can make a shilling. Covid is versatile and communicable at a different level.

Mass sanitization and testing mean nothing because covid loves to mingle more than we humans do.
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0 #5 Lysol 2020-05-30 18:58
Gulu University has been used by some community college so-called mediocar professor from the US to study the effects of consuming the deadly local alcohol on students.

The pool students were not compensated adequately for offering themselves as guinea pigs for drinking the alcohol which contains metals. Those responsible should be held accountable.
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