Authorities of many tertiary institutions in Ogun State have put in place measures to prevent the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease on their campuses.
Officials of some of the institutions, who spoke to our correspondent on Monday, said they were not leaving anything to chance.
Besides creating awareness on their websites, some of the institutions had gone ahead to procure protective equipment, among other measures.
The authorities of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, for instance, procured protective materials for its heath officials and students.
The Deputy Director, Health Services in the university, Dr. Abiodun Amusan, said the need to take proactive measures to protect the lives of humans and animal population on campus had become more imperative in the university.
He stated, “We preach regular hand washing culture anytime there are contacts with people, objects and animals.”
He added that protective gowns, gloves and facemasks were to be worn by all staff of the University Health Services, Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Animal Farms, as preventive measures, to check infection and transmission of EVD.
At the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu Ode, its Vice-Chancellor, Mrs Oluyemisi Obilade, said the medical team was on the alert to check the incursion of the scourge into the university.
She said any student who exhibited abnormal blood pressure would have his or her blood sample taken and immediately referred to an already designated medical centre for further test.
The VC added that information on preventive measures had been posted on the institution’s websites, while the authorities had procured protective gloves, facemasks, sanitisers and disinfectants.
She said, “Apart from all these measures, we have distributed fliers, detailing preventive measures to the students and the members of staff.”
In Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, the authorities have carried out an in-house training for all medical staff on the EVD trends, patterns and protective measures.
The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr. Sulaimon Adebiyi, said the management had procured infrared thermometer.
He said, “Education and enlightenment of students on the symptoms, signs, and prevention of the virus is ongoing.”