On Saturday, November, 21, four primary schools spread out in Kampala and Wakiso received sets of items to help in fighting the spread of Covid-19.
Reagan Ssempijja – With a hand from KOICA Club of Uganda (KOCU), an association of Ugandans who studied in Korea, each of the schools received five Foot peddled handwashing facilities, four temperature guns, 13 Jerry cans of liquid soap, 375 face masks, and 12 hand sanitizers.
To begin with, Nakinyuguzi Parents Schools, Makindye, received its butch at 9:00 am.
Smartly dressed in their school uniform, the P.7 candidates of the school welcomed guests with a song of appreciation, something that showed how badly in need the school was for Covid-19 sanitary items.
According to Charles Kakembo, the Headteacher of the school, pupils, even in their limited numbers, they were finding it hard to receive sanitary services adequately every day, something that would later put their lives in danger.
“This equipment, especially the water tanks and sanitizers, will help us ensure sanitation and safety against Covid-19,” Kakembo said
The KOCU team then proceeded to Bbira Church of Uganda Primary School, where the reception from the school did not differ much from the first school. In fact, this particular school was in a sorry state in as far as Covid-19 sanitation is concerned.
The school was facing grave challenges in accessing clean water, which is a key factor in fighting the spread of the pandemic.
Other schools like Kitagobwa Primary School and Nakyesanja Primary School, Kawanda received similar items.
The team at KOCU also trained the pupils and teachers on how to use some equipment, for example, the foot peddled water tanks.
“Because we are trying to minimize physical contact to avoid the spread of the virus, we have trained the pupils on how to use the water tanks to wash their hands without having to touch anywhere on the tanks,” says Robert Kasagga, the President of KOCU.
Sserumaga Robert, the headteacher of Kitagobwa Primary School, a government-aided school, called on the government to support more schools with such equipment in such a time because organizations like KOCU cannot meet every school.
It should be remembered that a few months ago, the government relaxed the total lockdown on schools, allowing only pupils and students in candidate classes to go back to school.
However, this came at a time when some schools could not entirely afford to put in place all the necessary Covid-19 fighting equipment as required by the Ministry of Health.
Source: New Vision