UHAS suspends social activities on campus


The University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) has suspended social activities on its campus due to an upsurge in the Delta variant.

The decision follows a meeting with the Volta Regional Public Health Emergency Management Team subcommittee on the rise in the number of COVID-19 and its derivative cases at the University.

Madame Maria B. Gwira, director of public affairs at the university, in a signed statement sent to the Ghanaian News Agency (GNA), revealed that the suspended social activities include the “Miss UHAS” contest planned by UHAS SRC, hall and other club or society week. celebrations. “

She said other activities, including Christian, Islamic and other religious meetings and services, could be organized with strict adherence to protocols and should not last longer than an hour.

“We must avoid dancing, holding hands and praying loudly. Other weekly religious activities should be suspended.

Ms. Gwira noted that the university administration and the COVID-19 response team had put in place various measures to contain the situation.

She said he understood; converting two university facilities to isolation centers to augment the regional treatment center and isolation facilities at the teaching hospital with qualified health personnel assigned to the facilities.

The director of public affairs noted that the regional and municipal emergency public health team had been mobilized to support contact tracing and management of affected people.

“The efforts include; identification and activation of additional facilities for isolation and management of positive cases.

Ms Gwira noted that although most of the affected students and staff cooperated with the response team, others refused isolation and denied their results because they were asymptomatic.

She noted that this action was dangerous because it predisposed others to contracting the infection.

“So we encouraged everyone to stay calm, to cooperate and to follow the protocols. “

The statement revealed that initial genomic sequencing performed by the UHAS COVID-19 Testing Center showed the Delta (Indian) variant to be the predominant variant in circulation, adding that “this variant is highly contagious.”

“A significant number of those infected have exhibited symptoms such as colds, sore throats, headaches, fever, loss of smell and taste, among others.”
She said some of the symptoms looked like what many would think of as malaria.

Ms Gwira noted that other decisions included encouraging lecturers to move their courses online to reduce the level of interaction and infection.
She said that people with comorbidities such as sickle cell anemia, hypertension, diabetes and the elderly; 55 and over should limit public interactions and strictly adhere to COVID-19 protocols to avoid contracting the infection.

“All staff and students, who may have any of the symptoms or come in contact with people who test positive, are strongly encouraged to get tested at the UHAS COVID-19 testing center. “

The manager also said that “once you have taken a sample, it is recommended that you self-isolate until your result is released.

“Please note that the virus has an incubation period of 4-6 days during which tests may turn out negative. Therefore, once contacted you should follow all protocols and, if possible, retest after six days. .

Madame Gwira noted that all university facilities remained strictly “no mask, no entry”, adding that security, lecturers and other staff were encouraged to enforce the rule and all other protocols. .

In a related development, Dr Senanu Djokpto, deputy director, in charge of public health, revealed to the Ghanaian news agency that the active cases stood at 425 on Thursday and expected a hundred more as the new positive case results have been received.

He said the Delta variant was spreading rapidly in some high and elementary schools in Ho and called on students to adhere to health protocols due to the volatile nature of the Delta virus.

He revealed that in total, the region recorded 3,150 cases and 2,689 recoveries

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Joel C. Hicks