Students from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences early this month cleaned up Mengo Hospital as part of their community outreach programme to commemorate 50 years of Uganda’s independence.
Donned in the red academic gowns, the students, about 70 in number, arrived at the hospital at exactly 9:30am and were welcomed the Deputy Hospital Administrator, Mr Elliot Wako, who briefed and guided them to the different units of the hospital. The students cleaned the compound and the different wards of the hospital.
Besides cleaning the hospital, the students tested for HIV/AIDS, counselled people affected by the virus and also donated blood. Dr Rose Mutumba, the deputy medical director, was grateful that the students chose Mengo Hospital, the oldest in Uganda. Mengo Hospital was established by Sir Albert Cook in 1897.
Dr Mutumba said lack of blood is a big challenge in the country and called for more donations.
The student leaders started the community outreach programme last year as part of their activities to support different communities. The activities are carried out every semester.