After nearly 6 months of closure of all education institutions in a bid to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Museveni has on Tuesday approved the reopening of institutions with final students undertaking health related training.
This was announced in a letter seen by ChimpReports from Executive Director of National Council for Higher Education Prof Mary Okwakol addressed to all Vice Chancellors and Principals of institutions offering health related training.
“I am pleased to inform you that H.E the President has approved the reopening of institutions with final year students undertaking health related training. This is to enable the students complete their studies so as to fill the human resource gap the health sector would likely face,” said Prof Okwakol.
This, Okwakol said, is because the government has addressed itself to the fact that medical health items provide significant service in hospitals and other health facilities in the country.
She also stressed that the current interns will complete their programme soon and a new team would ordinarily be expected to take over from them.
“If the internship schedule is not followed, there would be a gap which could lead to a gap in the health sector,” Okwakol added.
The group of finalists considered include final students undertaking training at Bachelors level in Medicine and Surgery, Nursing and Midwifery, Dental Surgery, Pharmacy, Allied Medical Professionals, finalist post graduate students on health related programmes, post graduate students (doctors, nurses, and midwives) who are qualified and are already health practitioners and finalists undertaking training at diploma level in different fields.
It should be noted that the COVID-19 national Taskforce sat on Tuesday to decide whether to reopen schools, places of worship bars and other sectors.