Consequent upon the resurgence of the 3rd waves of Covid 19, known as the Delta Variant in the country, the Federal Government, in the bid to control the spread of the deadly virus, has put some states of the federation on red alert, out of which is Oyo state with Ibadan as the state capital.
As a result of this development, the University of Ibadan, the foremost tertiary institution, not just in Oyo state but also in Nigeria, has issued a ‘special release’ on July 19, to inform the university community of the federal government directives and enlighten students, lecturers and other members of the campus community on safety protocols needed to control the spread of the Delta Variant within its premises as a way of obeying the FG’s order and likewise to warn visitors to desist from entering the University without necessary permission especially in the Halls of Residence.
The ‘special release’, published by the Directorate of Public Communication, Office of the Vice-Chancellor, and signed by the institution’s Registrar, Mrs. Olubunmi O. Faluyi, MCIPM, it was said that all necessary safety measures are being ensured to avoid spread of the pandemic within the campus.
Faluyi said, “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.”
Faluyi said this in agreement to what the institution’s Medical Services Director, Dr. Ronke Ajav has earlier said in regards to observing Covid 19 protocols within the academic institution.
Although, as earlier reported, a tour around the university campus confirmed increased adherence and compliance to most of the Covid 19 protocols; as students, writing exams, were all fully masked and lecturers and non-academic staff, have become more familiar with using nose masks than how it was before the announcement of the 3rd wave, SarahReports.Com still observed that despite these, some members of the academic community do not adhere strictly to the Covid 19 protocols despite campaigns and other compliance measures put in place by the University.
To this, the institution’s authority, has said, “it is important that we fully implement all recommended precautions at all levels because it has been observed that though level of knowledge of necessary precautions is high, level of implementation/compliance is low.”
The Registrar also stressed that, “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 of his/her health safety, she added.
University of Ibadan authority has therefore cautioned that, “violators of health safety protocols must be promptly reported to appropriate authorities.” While also appealing that the following rules must be strictly adhered to within the premises, in particular, in the Halls of Residence: no unauthorized visitors; right use of facemasks by everyone; proper hands washing hygiene; observing of physical/social distancing; among other rules. Mrs. Faluyi, just like her colleague, Dr. Ajav also stated the need for proper diet to boost immunity.