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Unilorin intensifies efforts to prevent Ebola

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The Chairman of University of Ilorin Committee on
Ebola Response, Prof. Ayo Ojuawo, has said that the
institution had invigorated proactive measures to
stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus to the
institution.

In an interview with our correspondent in Ilorin on
Wednesday, he stated that the institution has
constituted a rapid response team consisting of
virologists, epidemiologist, infectious disease
physician, staff of the university health centre,
pharmacists,department of works and nursing and
laboratory servicing staff as one of the preventive
measures.

He added that the institution has engaged in training
and retraining of the rapid response team and has
also dedicate one of Unilorin ambulances to the care
of patients that will need to be moved.

Ojuawo also stated the university has identified and
fumigated trees that host bats at the institution’s staff
quarters.

He added that the university has acquired and was
making plans to acquire more Personal Protective
Equipment, sanitizers, and water dispensers for the
university community.

Ojuawo said the institution had established a proper
referral system where suspected Ebola cases can be
referred.

He added that the institution is working with the state
government that has identified isolation centres and
is also trying to networkwith the University of Ilorin
Teaching Hospital in view of the tertiary health
function that UITH performs.

According to him, the varsity is working on advocacy
and enlightenment mass media campaigns as well as
collaborating with the leadership of churches and
mosques for more enlightenment.

Ojuawo said, “We have put in place short and long
term measures to address the Ebola threat.

“The immediate strategies include advocacy and
enlightenment campaign in mass media and health
talks. We are also planning to have sensitisation talks
and we are also making items for our electronic
billboards. We also have placement of Ebola facts on
Unilorin bulletin and web.

“The Centre for International Education interacted
with all our international students and they have
been advised not to move out.Our staff have been
advised to stay behind and I know that the university
is not granting approval for leave for those that are
inthe West African sub-region.

We are also trying to defer the admission of foreign
students.

We are going to ask them to defer from the
normal registration period pending when this
problem will be averted,” he said.

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