UNIVERSITY OF ABUJA
UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTRE
ADVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY ON COVID-19
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection is caused by coronavirus. It started as pneumonia- like illness in China and has spread to other countries. The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on 30 January 2020 by World Health Organization.
Countries with confirmed cases include Japan, South Korea, Macau, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Qatar, Australia, Nepal, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Canada, Iran, Cambodia, France, Germany, Philippines, United States, Malaysia, India, Italy, Russia, Spain, , United Kingdom, The Republic of Korea, Egypt, Algeria, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Brazil, Portugal. All the regions/continents of the world have recorded at least one confirmed case except Antarctica.
The epidemics in the Republic of Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan are of great concern making up 81% of the cases outside China (WHO, 02/03/2020).
- High fever (above 38ͦC)
- Running Nose
- Sort throat
- General feeling of being unwell
- Difficulty in breathing
- PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS FROM BEING SICK!! (VERY IMPORTANT)
- Wash your hands regularly with water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
- Use sanitizers when water is not available. There are mounted sanitizer dispensers at designated areas in the University(Campus entrances, clinics, hostels, Main libraries, Faculties, ETF halls etc).
- Do not touch eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Practice good respiratory hygiene; sneeze or cough into a flexed elbow.
- Cover mouth and nose with disposable material (tissue paper, wipes or handkerchiefs) when coughing or sneezing and dispose in a waste bin.
- Discard soiled disposable material in a closed waste bin.
- Use reusable and washable face mask to prevent infections in public places.
- Avoid squatting and overcrowding in the hostels to reduce spread of infection.
- Reduce contacts with animals such as cattle, cats, bats and camels.
- Cook meat from these sources properly.
- If you have fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing. Seek medical care promptly.
PREVENTIVE MEASURES IN THE UNIVERSITY
The University Medical Centre is actively creating awareness by disseminating information and educating the University Community on the disease.
Healthcare professionals at the University Medical Centre are aware and in tune with Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) practices. They have been advised to have high index of suspicion with person(s) presenting with suggestive symptoms.
Doctors, Nurses and other healthcare workers apply standard precautions while providing direct patient care.
The Centre is liaising, linking and collaborating with other health agencies/organizations in prevention measures through continuous advocacy and sensitization of the University community.
The Vice-Chancellor has generously approved;
- Provision of Information and Education Communication (IEC) materials (flex banners, fliers) for campaign and health education in the University.
- Adequate availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the healthcare professionals in the University Medical Centre.
- Other preventive measures to ensure adequate environmental cleanliness and sanitation.
Dr. O.O Okereke ,
UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTRE