By: Lambert Atsivor/ HTU Public Affairs Office
The Medical Director of HTU Clinic, Dr. Redeemer S. Fiebor has called for strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols in the University, so as to curb further spread of the virus among staff and students.
According to him, the virus still remains a threat to public health, hence, the need for continuous adherence to protocols- especially, the proper use of face masks and social distancing, to mitigate risk of infection.
He was speaking at a COVID-19 orientation for continuing students who have reported for the 2021/22 academic year, on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at the G.M. Afeti Auditorium.
Giving highlights of the COVID-19 situation in the University, Dr. Fiebor disclosed that, a total of 124 positive cases were recorded between December 2020 to September 2021, with about 80 percent being staff.
“Majority of the cases were asymptomatic, and only five were hospitalised, but, thankfully there has not been any fatality,” he added.
He attributed the detection of cases to the robust surveillance system put in place by the University, which saw the testing of all staff ahead of the start of the new academic year.
He mentioned that, the most common symptoms of the virus, was no longer respiratory but rather, abdominal pains, diarrhoea and vomiting, and as such, advised both staff and students to first report such cases at the University clinic, instead of resorting to self-medication.
The Medical Director further hinted plans to procure rapid diagnostic kits to test the student population, while vaccination efforts are intensified within the university community.
He indicated that, “One of the ways out of this pandemic is vaccination and that’s what we have been working on now. I want to assure all us that, the vaccines are safe, so let’s avail ourselves for it whenever we are called upon.”
Dr. Edward K. Ayimey, Ag. Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Chairman of the University’s COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement team, entreated both students and staff, not to let their guards down, but rather keep to the safety measures put in place by the University Management.
He encouraged lecturers to enforce the use of the face masks at lectures, and also lead by example.
The orientation was attended by a cross section of students, Deans, HoDs and officers of academic departments.