The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has spread rapidly across the world, reaching more than 150 countries in just over two months, infecting more than 100,000. From national lockdowns in Italy and China to disruptions in international travel , and closure of schools due to fears of contracting the infection . What should be done to address this crisis? What can government and the citizens do to contain this pandemic and manage the severe disruption it is causing?
To address these questions, The Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH)-Uganda, World Health Organization (WHO)-Uganda, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Uganda and the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) organized a Public Dialogue on the Coronavirus Disease on Friday 13th March, 2020 at the Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala.
Speaking at the dialogue aimed at checking Uganda’s preparedness to prevent, detect and respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Dr. Henry Mwebesa – the Director-General of Health Services at the Ministry of Health , called upon every Ugandan to play a role if corona virus is to be prevented
Mwebesa further revealed that whereas the ministry is struggling to keep Corona virus at bay, they are also battling misinformation spreading on social media and other platforms yet the issue is a national public health concern
“As the ministry, we ask all stakeholders , institutions and politicians to join us in this fight against corona virus, let everyone volunteer and work with us in any way they can‘’ he said.
As part of the fight, Mwebesa further revealed that the government through President Museveni is already championing prevention against corona virus.
On mass gatherings, he advised the public about the need to follow guidelines put in place like hand washing and sanitizing adding that the ministry of Health is working on a law to foster the fight against corona virus.
While chairing the public dialogue, the Dean, Makerere University School of Public Health -Prof,Rhoda Wanyenze stressed the importance of getting information from right sources citing some of the rumors doing rounds on social media that blacks don’t get corona virus disease.
Innovations using low cost locally available materials for point of use water treatment system unveiled
The College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) conducted a Research Dissemination of two studies aimed at the Development of Materials for point of use water treatment systems.
The investigations were conducted by a team of researchers comprised of P. W. Olupot, H. M. Kalibbala, E. Menya, G.M. Wangi, J. Jjagwe, J. Wakatuntu, M. Turyasingura, R. Walozi, C. Kanyesigye and R. N. Kulabako.
The dissemination event held on Wednesday 29th November 2023 follows the successful completion of two MakRIF supported Research projects namely; Development of rice husk based granular activated carbon for point-of-use water treatment systems and Development of zeolite-based nanocomposite filters for drinking water treatment.
Apac District gains from CEDAT’s Research on Piloting a Rural Broadband Connectivity Model and Efficacious patient management system
The School of Engineering at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) shared findings of research that was conducted in Apac Districts through two projects namely Piloting a Rural Broadband Connectivity Model (RCBM) and Efficacious patient management system (EPMS).
The findings of the research sponsored by the Government of Uganda through the Makerere University research and Innovation Fund(MakRIF) were disseminated during a dissemination seminar held in the College on Friday 24th November 2023, where it was revealed that Apac the host District greatly benefited from the services that not only led to the increased uptake of internet services but also gained through other socio economic areas.
Application Forms for Admission to Public Universities 2024/2025
The Academic Registrar, Makerere University informs all Head Teachers of A ‘Level schools that application forms for admission to public universities for senior six candidates (UACE 2023) for the 2024/2025 academic year will be ready for collection from the university from Monday 4th December, 2023.
The application forms should be collected from the Office of the Academic Registrar, Senate Building, Level 3, Makerere University.
Issuing of the application forms will start on Monday, 4th December 2023 on payment of a non-refundable application fee of Uganda Shs. 52,000/=(fifty two thousand Uganda shillings only) per application form.
You are advised to get a pay reference number (PRN) using the ACMIS system (http://pay.mak.ac.ug) to enable you pay the application fees in any bank used by Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
The forms are for Ugandans only.
Please note that only Head Teachers or their authorized representatives will be served.
The closing date for submitting the completed application forms will be Wednesday 31st January, 2024.
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