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Makerere University has confirmed that there is no conflict between them and the Ministry of Health. FILE PHOTO

According to Prof. Nawangwe, the only issue Makerere had with the Ministry of Health resulted from the recently announced false COVID-19 results which have since been cleared.

Makerere University has confirmed that there are no conflicts between them and the Ministry of Health (MOH) despite recent woes that saw the University release wrong information about the COVID-19 tests.

During his recent address to the nation, President Museveni pinpointed that the COVID-19 testing lab at Makerere University had released wrong figures concerning the number of positive confirmed cases.

Since that day, the University and the MOH have had mixed relations with many notable media sources attributing their centre of clash to the money and costs spent on running the tests.

However, in the wake of events, the Office of the Prime Minister called for a meeting to see an end to this ‘shameful’ conflict among the two parties.

According to the First Deputy Prime Minister, Moses Ali, the peacemaking meeting was suggested by the President to see an end immediately to the wrangles between the two as the country still fights the battle to put an end to the spread of the coronavirus.

In a meeting shared by Moses Ali, MOH Permanent Secretary, Dr Daina Atwine, said that the media and people attributing their clash with Makerere to money issues are opinion based.

The Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe also was a critic of the same citing that the centre of misunderstandings resulted from the errors made in COVID-19 tests.

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Makerere University has confirmed that there is no conflict between them and the Ministry of Health. FILE PHOTO

According to Prof. Nawangwe, the only issue they had with the Ministry resulted from the recently announced false COVID-19 results which have since been cleared.

Nawangwe pinpointed that the University was given over 70.3 billion Shillings to support up to 110 research and innovation projects which are currently being undertaken by staff, students and other collaborators to establish locally-based remedies in a bid to tackle the novel coronavirus.

Nawangwe who thanked the President for resolving the wrangles further stressed that the University lab has since been rectified to continue carrying out daily testing for COVID-19.

“During today’s meeting at the office of the Prime Minister, the media was informed that the issue of the alleged false test results had been rectified and the Makerere lab cleared to continue testing for coronavirus.

“I thank the President for the initiative to clear the reputation of Makerere,” Nawangwe stressed in a meeting with the OPM.

Meanwhile, the Health Minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, said that despite all claims, the MOH has always collaborated with the Makerere University.

She cited out an example of how the University before the coronavirus outbreak generated research that has since been applied by the Ministry in making policy decisions.