COVID-19: At least 10 persons from UI have died, Acting VC says

COVID-19: At least 10 persons from UI have died, Acting VC says

Professor Adebola Ekanola, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, on Friday said at least 10 deaths were recorded from people in the university due to the COVID-19 pandemic and expressed concern that people are taking the infection for granted.

Speaking during a virtual meeting of deans and heads of the departments of the university organised by the Institution's COVID-19 emergency response team, Professor Ekanola said there had been a lot of laxity on personal protective measures because many assumed that they are safe from the infection.

He stated that although the university so far was lucky not to have been badly affected by the pandemic, students and staff of the institution needed to take charge and be responsive to ensuring no COVID-19 case is recorded in the university, NigerianTribune reports.

According to him, the risk of the pandemic is higher than when the academic session started and so, individuals' health should be prioritised above other pursuits of life.

Professor Ekanola said that a task force to emphasise and encourage high compliance of students and staff of the university to wear face masks, ensure hand washing and social distancing is to start work in the school.

Head, Department of Virology, Professor Georgina Odaibo, stated that tests done at the University's Department of Virology indicated that the positivity rate had gone up from 1.5 per cent in April, 2.8 per cent in May, 12 per cent by June ending and 16 per cent in July.

Professor Odaibo said if protective measures were not in place, the infection could spread to the university.