Uganda reopens health training institutions to address human resource gaps amid COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 00:00 |
A student of Uganda Institute of Allied Health and Management Sciences (UIAHMS-MULAGO) washes his hands before entering the school premises in Kampala, Uganda, Sept. 8, 2020. (Xinhua/Nicholas Kajoba)

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has approved the reopening of health training institutions to enable final year students to complete their studies to help address the human resource gaps amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
   Mary Okwakol, executive director of the National Higher Council for Education late Monday said that institutions offering health-related training will reopen with final-year students undertaking health related training.
   The groups of finalists considered include students undertaking bachelor's degree in medicine and surgery, nursing, midwifery, dental surgery, pharmacy, allied medical professionals, postgraduate students on health-related programs, among others.
   "This is to enable students to complete their studies so as to fill the human resource gap the health sector would likely face," said Okwakol in a circular to principals of training institutions and vice chancellors of universities.
   Museveni last week directed the national taskforce charged with spearheading the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic to review the possibility of a phased reopening of schools after they were closed in March, starting with candidate classes and clinical medical students.
   The taskforce is also supposed to review the status of the remaining sectors that are still closed like tourism as well as the reopening of Entebbe International Airport, among others.
   As of Sept. 1, Uganda had registered a cumulative total of 3,037 COVID-19 cases, 1,489 recoveries and 32 deaths since the index case was registered on March 21, according to the ministry of health.  (Xinhua)

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