The administration of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), Rivers, has directed obligatory use of face masks on its campuses to curtail unfold of COVID-19 within the state.
Prof. Regina Ogali, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), made this recognized in an announcement by the establishment’s Deputy Registrar (Information), Dr Williams Wodi, in Port Harcourt on Saturday.
Ogali was quoted as having issued the directive throughout a gathering between principal officers and members of COVID-19 Steering Committee within the college.
Ogali, who at present oversees the affairs of UNIPORT within the absence of a substantive Vice Chancellor, mentioned the choice was in-line with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) COVID-19 protocol.
“Henceforth, all workers, college students and guests to UNIPORT should totally observe the COVID-19 protocol as permitted by NCDC and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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“We known as this assembly with the COVID-19 Steering Committee, particularly now that the variety of confirmed instances in Rivers State is changing into scary by the day.
“To this finish, we have to take proactive steps to safeguard the well being standing of workers, residents and guests to the college.
“Also, we need to plan ahead of possible resumption of academic activities, if and when we are so directed by the Federal Government,” Ogali informed the committee members.
She mentioned that the college had began taking supply of apparatus and kits for its COVID-19 check centre and expressed optimism that the centre would turn out to be totally operational in July.
The deputy vice chancellor added that administration would quickly instal infrared thermometers, hand sanitisers and operating water at strategic areas, together with workplaces and college buildings.
She directed the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences within the college to begin manufacturing of hand sanitisers in business amount for distribution to the general public.
“Also, we should begin to think seriously about encouraging our Information and Communication Technology Centre and ODel, a virtual centre, to work out modalities to enable UNIPORT to begin online learning,” she famous.
The Chairman of the committee, Prof. Iyeopu Siminialayi, attributed the rising variety of confirmed coronavirus instances to extend of testing within the state.
Siminialayi, Provost of the College of Health Sciences on the University, mentioned that work was ongoing to transform the International Students Centre to a brief quarantine and isolation centre.
On his half, Dr Datonye Alasia, one other member of the committee and an infectious illness professional, mentioned that about 40 per cent to 50 per cent of individuals examined for COVID-19 turned out optimistic.
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