Students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) have been ordered out of the hostels and halls of residence latest noon on Thursday; following a recent case of Covid -19 on its campus. The senate also approved the commencement of virtual lectures from July 26, 2021.
It was gathered that the Senate of the University had an emergency meeting on Wednesday at J.F Ade Ajayi Auditorium in other to decide on the COVID-19 situation on the campus.
A statement released by the Information Unit of the institution stated that classes for the rest of the second semester of the 2020 academic session would hold virtually until July 26, 2021.
The statement noted that students who tested positive for the virus recently have been taken to health facilities while contact tracing has begun.
The statement reads:
“The University of Lagos commenced physical classes at the end of May 2021 when the positivity rate of the COVID-19 infection dropped to about one per cent”.
“The University Management continues to enforce the COVID-19 protocols; in addition, the COVID-19 vaccination was made available to the staff and students through the support of the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council. Lately, some students have tested positive. These students have been sent to the appropriate designated facilities in the State and contact tracing has enabled us to identify those who have had exposure and directed them to isolate”.
“The situation is, indeed, worrisome especially noting the reluctance of the majority of students to comply with the COVID-19 prevention protocols”.
“To avoid the escalation of cases on campus, the University Senate at an emergency meeting held on Wednesday, 14th of July 2021 approved that all students vacate the halls of residence by noon on Thursday indefinitely. Lectures for the rest of the semester will continue to be delivered virtually with effect from 26th July 2021″.
Niger Delta Connect gathered that there is panic among students and staff of the university over cases of COVID-19 recorded in the school.
The management of the university earlier confirmed that UNILAG medical centre has recorded an increase in the number of patients with COVID-19 symptoms.
The university also confirmed that the institution is facing a potential third wave of coronavirus as published on the university’s website on Tuesday on ‘COVID-19 pandemic update.
The statement read:
“The University of Lagos Medical Centre wishes to inform all members of the University of Lagos Community about what appears to be the start of a potential 3rd wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Lagos State”.
The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in his press statement issued on July 11, 2021, stated that since the beginning of July there has been a steep increase in the number of daily confirmed cases, with the test positivity rate going from 1.1% at the end of June 2021, to its current rate of 6.6% as at the 8th of July 2021. This is with a concurrent increase in the occupancy rate at Lagos State isolation centres.
“The University of Lagos community has also been affected by this potential 3rd wave, with an increase in the number of patients presented to the University of Lagos Medical Centre with flu-like symptoms which are similar to COVID-19″.
“The Medical Centre will also return to providing EMERGENCY ONLY SERVICES during this period, to protect all members of the community from potential infection within the facility. The Medical Centre Emergency Contact line: 09095879781 remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week”.
“Despite this threat to the return of normalcy, the pursuit of education and daily livelihood, it has become imperative once more to judiciously adhere to the following COVID-19 guidelines and protocols to curb the spread of this disease.”