A section of finalist students of Gulu College of Health Sciences are reportedly sleeping in classroom blocks after their dormitories were turned into a Covid-19 treatment centre.
According to the Principal of the Institution, Ms. Grace Aninge, the school currently has about 372 finalists who have returned to the school as directed by the Ministry of Health.
Ms. Aninge also revealed that they are only able to accommodate 120 students at the Campus at Laroo because of social distance directives issued by the Ministry of Health.
The rest of the Students she said are now sleeping in classroom blocks as their dormitory have been occupied by Covid-19 patients.
“Some of the students who came to school on Monday slept in the classroom blocks because our dormitory is filled up with Covid-19 patients.’’ Said Aninge.
“I am telling the district task force that I can’t accommodate all the students at our Laroo Campus because the dormitories are very small.’’
She further accused the RDC and Gulu regional referral hospital management directors of refusing to vacate the Covid-19 patients from the School dormitories as was directed by the Prime Minister
This website has seen a letter written by the Prime Minister of Uganda, Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda and addressed to Minister of health and Office of the President asking the Gulu district Task force to work with the Institution to implement the President’s directives on opening of schools for finalists
There was fracas at the Institution on Tuesday morning between some of the students and some of the Covid-19 patients as the students accused the Patients of taking over their dormitories.
The situation was only calmed after interventions from Gulu district Chairman, Mr. Martin Ojara Mapenduzi who held a meeting with the institution management to get a solution to this problem.
When contacted, Gulu RDC Santos Okot Lapolo said they have not yet found a place to relocate the Covid-19 patients.
Mr. Lapolo also said the Minister of health has given a directive that the Covid-19 patients should be treated from that dormitory until a better alternative is found.