Patriot students clean Gulu Hospital as they commemorate Independence Day.

Akello Sandra, one of the attendants in the maternity ward, cherishes the patriots for the Nobel work they did today.

By Christopher Nyeko

Gulu: As Uganda today celebrates its 61st independence anniversary, a total of 96 patriot students from various secondary schools in Gulu city under the Uganda national patriotism club joined hands on the 9th of this month to clean the Gulu regional referral hospital.

The schools that participated in the hospital cleaning were Christ the Centre Secondary School, Gulu Senior Secondary School, St. John Pope Paul College, Gulu High School, Ocer Campion Jesuit College Pece Secondary School, and Gulu Central High School, where each school sent 11 patriots, respectively.

Samanya Isaac, the regional instructor for patriotism in the Acholi subregion, told this publication in an interview that they chose to clean the Gulu regional referral hospital as part of their purpose of keeping the environment and maintaining hygiene.

He notes that people sometimes are ill due to poor public hygiene management, and by extending public hygiene closer to them, numbers of people may change and start embarking when they return home from the hospital.

During the general cleanliness of the hospital today, patriots swept the hospital compound, uprooted some weed, cleaned the spider’s webs from the roof top, slashed some bushy areas, and picked up some plastic that was littered at the hospital.

Akello Sandra, one of the attendants in the maternity ward, cherishes the patriots for the Nobel work they did today.

Meanwhile, one of the nurses who spoke to the media on conditions of anonymity due to the hierarchy of the hospital praised the team for choosing to clean the hospital, saying some of the people who come to the hospital have little knowledge of keeping the environment and are prone to littering the hospital with plastic waste.

In 2009, the President of Uganda, HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, launched a new strategic national program to inculcate the norms and values of patriotism in students and youth in all secondary schools.

The program aims to encourage students and teachers to become a new breed of enlightened citizens committed to national service, among other objectives. The President directed teachers to train the students to observe six points in order to secure their lives as individuals.

2023 Uganda Independence Day was celebrated today in Kitgum district.

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