A Kyambogo University student and lecturer have succumbed to the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.
Doreen Juliet Mirembe, a second-year student of bachelor of teacher education who has been in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Victoria hospital in Bukoto and Sharon Atwine, a teacher in the department of psychology have died.
Kyambogo director human resource, Richard Keuber Manano, in his communication said Atwine was to be buried today in Kabingo Rwanshetsya, Bushenyi district.
The COVID-19 deaths have come at a time when the university witnessed a spike in COVID-19 infections among non-teaching, teaching staff, and students.
Recently, the university management followed advice from a team of health experts led by Dr, Monica Musenero, the senior presidential advisor on epidemics and pandemics, and suspended all the physical classes and other activities for a period of two weeks.
Vice-chancellor Prof Eli Katunguka Rwakishaya while addressing the media last week about the COVID-19 situation in Kyambogo, said that the management was worried because of the overwhelming numbers of cases and that most students had cough and flu.
Katunguka further said that there was failure by most of the Kyambogo community members to adhere to COVID-19 SOPs.
Grace Meregurwa, the director of health services at Kyambogo University last week announced that they had over 50 COVID-19 positive cases of students and eight staff members. Uganda is currently experiencing a more deadly second wave of the coronavirus spread, with many hospitals turning away patients due to lack of space and beds.