COVID-19 Delta variant: UI adopts stricter precautionary measures to prevent infection

Against the backdrop of the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic, most especially the recently discovered Delta variant and the placement of some states including Oyo on red alert by the Federal Government, the University of Ibadan (UI) have adopted stricter precautionary measures to checkmate infection among its students, staff and other members of the public.

The management of the institution in a statement signed by its registrar, Mrs Olubunmi O. Faluyi said unscreened travellers or visitors would be allowed into the university.

She maintained that halls of residence would be properly monitored to prevent the influx of the deadly virus among the student population.

According to the statement, “the fact that the University of Ibadan Health Services has not recorded any confirmed case of COVID-19 or an increase in flu-related/flu-like symptoms (for this season/time of the year) in the last three months suggests that if we are proactive in observing all health safety protocols, we can effectively prevent and spare the UI community from the third wave/new variant of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Hence, it is important that we fully implement all recommended precautions at all levels because it has been observed that though the level of knowledge of necessary precautions is high, level of implementation/compliance is low.”

“All hands must be on deck, especially in the halls of residence, in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Each person must take direct responsibility for his/her health safety.”

“The following should be strictly adhered to in Halls of Residence: No unauthorised visitors, no unscreened travellers/visitors; no squatters; right use of facemasks by everyone and washing of hands.”

“Always observe physical/social distancing, and violators of health safety protocols must be promptly reported to appropriate authorities.”

Members of Students Executive Council, Hall Management and all leaders should show good examples everywhere with active health surveillance mechanisms in place,” the statement concluded.


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