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Korean Technological Farmers and Educationists pay a Courtesy Call to the Deputy Vice Chancellor

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THE SAFEFISH PROJECT EMBARKS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF NATURAL ENEMIES OF BACTERIA (BACTERIOPHAGE)

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CoVAB Students together with Mississippi State University students collecting samples from a darted elephant at Queen Elizabeth National Park during their field work. Read More......

Becoming A New Generation (BANG) Team holds a Sexual Health Workshop at COVAB

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COVAB’S INNOVATIVENESS THRILLS THE MAKERERE UNIVERSITY COUNCIL OFFICIALS

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The Makerere University Council Chairperson Mrs Lornah Magara (3rd left) and her vice Hon. Fred Kidega (4th left) pose for a group photo with the collage Admnistration during the Council Visit.

It was a delightful engagement for COVAB Staff with Makerere University Council officials, who paid the College a visit on Tuesday 10th September, 2019, in which a number of scientific facilities’ activities, innovations, and inventions were showcased, coupled with discussions on how to address challenges that the College is still grappling with.

Makerere University Council Chairperson, Mrs. Lorna Magara, together with her Vice, Mr. Daniel Fred Kidega were warmly received by the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) administration headed by the Principal, Prof. John David Kabasa, who presented the various College scientific research facilities, inventions and innovation service centres through a substantive guided tour.

Key facilities that were showcased during this engagement were; the newly constructed Centre of Biosecurity and Global health. While reporting on the services to be delivered by this centre, Prof. Kabasa termed it as a strategic research and development facility which will coordinate research and development related to biosecurity and global health in a complete one health manner.

“This facility will focus on strategic research development and governance of Zoonotic diseases biothreats, food and drug safety, bioeconomy, biotechnology and development, as well as biochemical threats and pollution,” reported Prof. Kabasa.

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The college Principal Prof John David Kabasa and other college officials introducing the newly constructed Biosecurity and Global health Centre to the Makerere University Chairperson Mrs Lornah Magara.

Council officials also had a visit to the Ruth Keesling Wildlife Health Extension, Research and Education Centre (RK WHERE) and the Africa Institute for Strategic Services and Development (AFRISA), which Prof. Kabasa introduced as a regional centre for comprehensive industrial value Chain education and enterprises development.

“As an affiliated institution of CoVAB, AFRISA’s model of education is implemented with emphasis on skills, production, enterprise, development and accreditation (SPEDA) which addresses the third function of the university as stipulated in the 2001 Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act, to disseminate knowledge,” affirmed Prof. Kabasa.

The Central Diagnostic Laboratory (CDL) was also introduced to Council officials by one of its heads, Dr. Eddie Wampande. He highlighted that CDL is a Joint Unit that was commissioned in 2011, based on a Memorandum of Understanding between CoVAB and the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), with initial support and funding from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He also informed Council officials about the purposes of the laboratory’s establishment while he took them through the various activities undertaken in its different chambers.

“CDL conducts animal diseases surveys, it has the capacity to train field extension workers, it also conducts research and disease epidemiology surveys, conducts acaricide efficacy tests and it’s also committed to promoting and providing reliable and accurate diagnostic and research services to the public at affordable prices,” said Dr. Wampande. 

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The Dean School of Biosecurity, Biotechnical and Labaratory Sciences Prof. Frank Mwine briefing the council officials about the different works conducted in the Molecular Biology Laboratory.

Council officials were as well introduced to the Viral Biotechnology and Diagnostics Laboratory headed by Prof. Denis K. Byarugaba, who informed them that this facility handles very sensitive research and it has the PSL Unit that is basically designed to handle very high infectious diseases to mention but a few which include; influenza and Ebola.

On visiting the Research in Tropical Diseases and Vector Control (RTC) laboratory under the leadership of Dr. Patrick Vudriko, he informed the officials that this laboratory was established to address community problems using science through specialized services such as; serology and vaccination efficacy monitoring, tick acaricide susceptibility testing, clinical trials, chemical analysis and RTC Genomics.

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Makerere University Council Officials pose for a picture with Researchers from the RTC Laboratory who are working on a project of commercialising Bee Venom Propolis to improve the finacial status of rural Bee Farmers.

At the Small Animal Clinic surgery theatres, Prof. Kabasa affirmed to officials that this facility is a strategic opportunity for the veterinarians and students since these are continuously equipped and trained in surgery.

However, after visiting all the College facilities, Prof. Kabasa appealed to Council officials and University management to lobby for more government support to upgrade these facilities in order for them to deliver services effectively and efficiently.

While in a meeting, Prof. Kabasa also presented to officials the various research, knowledge and technology transfer service centres of CoVAB beyond the Makerere University boundaries such as;

  • The Nakyesasa Incubation Centre which focuses on skills development, innovation, enterprise, technology and production,
  • The Sheikh Technical Veterinary School (ISTVS), which is a well-established tertiary education institution affiliated to Mak-CoVAB located in Sheikh, Somalia with a focus towards improved resilience in the pastoral areas of the ASALs region,
  • CoVAB also champions One Health in Uganda together with its partner institutions under the Regional Universities Mediated Partnerships for Enhancing Livelihoods and Health in Africa (RUMPELHA) to promote multidisciplinary research using a One Health approach.

Prof. Ruth Muwazi, the in charge for Business Research, Innovation and Skills Centre, backed up Prof. Kabasa by reporting to the university council chairperson how the Department has skilled farmers and youths who have not gotten a chance to acquire high Education in fields of Diary production and leather making through manufacturing products like yoghurt, ice cream, shoes, belts and lots more. The Centre also combines Technology and Research to deliver incubation services for both private and government censored institutions.

“We want a local farmer to adopt the technology we are using and that is why we choose using local materials everyone can afford”, added Prof Muwazi. The Centre also runs a self-sustaining incubation hub for livestock.

The College staff later opened up to Council Officials about the challenges that they are still grappling with which included; challenges with transporting students to the field since this isn't funded, increase in the number of students and yet the funds allocated for trainings and practicals are still inadequate for the science based institutions, inadequate space for the increased number of students troubling service delivery at the College, and extremely long procedural major guidelines for procurement in the university which results into leakages in the university procurement system.

Mrs. Magara applauded CoVAB for its innovativeness and commended the college administration and staff for their heartfelt service delivery to Makerere University. She later tipped them on the intension of this visit, informing them of their need to understand what is happening at all Colleges in Makerere University which deserves to be known by the public.

“Our intention for visiting all the Colleges in the university is to see and understand where you work from and know how the colleges are running and what is required,” said Mrs. Magara. One of the key deliverables of the university council is to create a platform for all colleges to bring into the public arena what is happening in Makerere University.  

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Makerere Universty Council Officials together with CoVAB Admnistrators meeting in the college E-board Room.

Mrs. Magara also urged CoVAB administration and researchers to present their innovations and research activities to the government, public and private sector since this can attract investment in the College. She also advised them to present a strategic plan of the College and its projects to the university management and the government to attract timely support.

Hon. Kidega the council vice Chairperson as well encouraged CoVAB staff to present their accomplishments to the university management and government to motivate them for support, rather than only presenting their challenges.

On concluding the official meeting, Prof. Muwazi thanked the university council officials for the visit and appealed to the university and government to further aid the College innovations and inventions as well as projects that engage the common people of this country.

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