Education Minister to Meet Mulago, Makerere Staff

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Prof. Charles Ibingira, the Principal of the Mulago based Makerere University College of Health Sciences, wrote a letter dated November 17 inviting staff of the college for what he called a special meeting.

The ministers of Education and Health are set to meet staff of Makerere's College of Health Sciences over the ongoing impasse at Mulago Hospital.

Janet Museveni and Dr. Jane Aceng will also meet staff of Mulago Hospital at 2pm today at Davies Lecture, Mulago.
 
Prof. Charles Ibingira, the Principal of the Mulago based Makerere University College of Health Sciences, wrote a letter dated November 17 inviting staff of the college for what he called a special meeting.
 
"This is a great opportunity for us to air out all problems, challenges, grievances, regarding graduate training, the College of Health Sciences and the current University closure," reads his letter in part.
 
It is three weeks since President Museveni ordered the closure of Makerere University after days of strikes by both lecturers and students.
 
The closure of the university had crippled medical services at Mulago hospital and the subordinate hospitals in the city divisions, leaving hundreds of patients stranded in wards.

Hundreds of medical students and their lecturers at Makerere Medical School accordingly withdrew from Mulago Hospital, where they had been treating or handling patients as part of their medical studies.

The students and their lecturers constituted a huge part of the medical staff strength at both Mulago and the subordinate hospitals of Kawempe, Kiruddu and other Kampala Capital City Authority health centres.

Consequently, the Minister of Education Janet Museveni directed in a letter that; "At the Makerere University College of Health Sciences, the post graduate students, medical students and consultants of Makerere shall continue to work in the hospitals they have been deployed in as this provides human resource at the medical centres."
 
But on November 7th, a week after the closure of Makerere University, the medical students said they would not resume their studies unless the entire university was reopened.
 
"We are not different from other students. Our education is just as important as that of other students. Therefore College of Health Sciences cannot be opened in isolation," added a letter authored by the Chief Residence Dr. Solomon Kyazze and Dr. Philipa Ampeire, the General Secretary for Makerere University post graduate students.
 
Staff and students, however, later agreed to return to work after several meetings between the college administrators hoping to meet the education minister over their grievances.
 

 

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