Makerere tests staff, asks Shs100m for Covid19 translation

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The School of Languages

Effective Tuesday 1st September 2020, Makerere University started free testing of its staff members for Covid19.

The Vice Chancellor Prof Nawangwe informed members of staff of free mass COVID-19 testing by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

In the first week, testing will commence at 9.00am and end at 2.00 pm.

Thereafter, testing will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week.

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Collection of samples for members of staff who wish to participate in the Makerere community survey testing will be done at the Freedom Square.

Members of staff who may develop symptoms of COVID-19 may test for coronavirus at the Makerere hospital free of charge on any day during working hours.

“The Vice Chancellor urges all members of staff, particularly the critical staff who are required to report to duty and all staff residing on campus to take advantage of this free testing,” said his message.

Shs100m to translate Covid19 messages

The School of Languages, Literature and Communication has asked Shs100mto translate coronavirus prevention messages into all local Ugandan languages.

This was announced by Wednesday by Dr Allen Asiimwe, the principal investigator in the research project, while launching books translated in six native languages to communicate the Covid-19 prevention messages.

Dr Asiimwe said they need the money to hire editors and source experts in different local languages.

She explained that the motive to conduct research on the accuracy of the words that are being used to communicate the Covid-19 prevention messages, was inspired by President Museveni’s persistent use of local words to drive his messages home when explaining the scientific concept during televised addresses to the nation.

Dr Robert Wamala, the deputy director of the school of graduate studies and research, said government gave them Shs30bn for research grants before Covid-19 came but had to write to government and ask them to divert the money into Covid-19 research.

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