By Ivan Mwine
Extreme fear has gripped students and staff of Kyambogo University after news circulated that a student and a a teacher attached to the same university are among the Ugandans who died of COVID-19 last week.
According to officials from the University who preferred anonymity, a student and a teacher attached to the university’s nursery section succumbed to the virus last week.
The deceased have since been identified as Doreen Juliet Mirembe, a second-year student and Sharon Atwine, a nursery teacher in the department of Psychology, who both died after they contracted COVID-19 a few days ago and were taken into isolation.
According to university officials, Mirembe is said to have been in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Victoria hospital for some days before she breathed her last.
Commenting about the unfortunate occurrences, the University Vice Chancellor Prof. Elly Katunguka told the media that;
“The student fell sick when she was doing college practice and she never returned to the university. We got information that she had been sick and finally died.”
He added that; “I think the parents have taken over and I do not know where she was doing the school practice from. A teacher charged with looking after our nursery school students also died. I think she was already buried in Bushenyi District.”
It should be noted that the administration decided to close the university last month and suspended physical learning, urging learners to embrace online learning, after they registered several COVID-19 cases at the Banda base campus.
The development comes at a time when COVID-19 infections are skyrocketing in the country and in a bid to prevent further spread of the virus, President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday evening announced new measures to combat the pandemic.
These include closure of all schools and universities, churches, bans on public transport between districts, all teachers getting vaccinated for COVID-19, among others.