The University of Ghana, Legon has suspended with immediate effect all hall week celebrations by students.
“Similarly, other student gatherings are suspended forthwith,” the premier university said in a statement outlining measures taken in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.
First of all, sensitization on the viral disease has been heightened by the school since Ghana recorded two cases on Thursday.
The sensitization programme has been extended from Legon campus to Korle Bu and Accra City campuses as well as Learning Centres and other related units of the University.
The University Hospital and the students’ clinics have also been designated to screen possible cases of the disease, which has so far claimed over 5,000 lives globally.
“A screening tent has been set up at the entrance of the hospital to identify suspected cases for testing,” the statement said.
Persons who are tested will be held until the results are available within a minimum of six hours. Those who test positive will be sent to the national case management centres at Ridge or Tema.
“Suspected cases identified at the Students’ Clinic will be referred to the university hospital for management.”
Some facilities on campus have also been designated quarantine zones.
“All major international and national events slated to take place on UG campuses are suspended and will be re-scheduled.”
Non-essential international travels for employees and students have also been put on hold.
Those who seek to travel are directed to seek clearance from the Office of the Vice Chancellor with the UG Emergency Response Team (UG-ERT) playing an advisory role.
“Members of the university community are to use technology to facilitate meetings, lectures and other activities as much as possible.”
The University has also announced a suspension of hosting international visitors until further notice.
“The Office of the Vice-Chancellor will consider critical requests. All tours to the University are suspended until further notice.”
The UG-ERT is expected to monitor the situation and provide periodic updates.
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana