Makerere University students have pledged to vvoluntarily work with the health ministry in combating the wide spreading COVID-19 pandemic.

The students claim to be inspired by the impeding negligence exhibited by health professionals reportedly abandoning suspected Corona patients to die on hospital floors. “Our people are fearing hospitals due to the attitude of Doctors which is absurd and unfortunate. Our professional nurses and doctors don’t want to do the role they were trained for,” Musiri, a student activist argues. “A group of us want to go and volunteer in Entebbe, Kiruddu, Nakawa and Mulago. We will start with sensitising people around Wandegeya, and the university neighbourhood,” he adds. A recent footage that went viral on social media showed doctors and health officials neglecting a fainted patient at Mulago hospital. Students stress that it is unfair for health experts to intentionally neglect patients yet globally, their colleagues are toiling hard to save their nationals from extinction. “If doctors don’t want to treat our people, we shall appeal to the government to give us protective gear and we do the task,” Musiri David, a student activist reiterates. “As a premier university, we cannot watch on when our people are paying gravely in the already ailing health sector,” he adds.

The students say they will also do a sensitisation drive through neighbouring communities like Katanga, Kikoni and Kikumi Kikumi area. They will teach people how to practice communal hygiene in this Corona pandemic holiday. “We want our people to understand the virus we are fighting. They need to know the preventive measures to take in order to avoid contracting the virus,” says Boaz, one of the volunteering students.

The students have appealed to their colleagues who are dispersed in different parts of the country to emulate them and do something for their communities instead of folding hands. “We call upon our colleagues to join this humanitarian cause. Let’s do this wherever we are with whatever little we have,” Aheebwa, an affiliate of the volunteer group said.

Since the pandemic struck the country, Uganda’s fountain of research, Makerere University has pledged to boost the health ministry with human resource comprising of post graduate students and members of staff at the college of health sciences. Experts and researchers at the Infectious disease institute have since embarked on making further studies about the virus as a means of developing a possible antidote. Currently, Uganda’s known cases stand at 30 after seven more were confirmed by the health ministry on Saturday, 28 March.

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