UofA of Nigeria

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).

SYMPTOMS

If you have travelled to any of these countries or have had close contact with person(s) who have travelled to such places and notice any of the symptoms above, seek medical attention immediately!

PREVENTION

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;

  1. Provision of Information and Education Communication (IEC) materials (flex banners, fliers) for campaign and health education in the University.
  2. Adequate availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the healthcare professionals in the University Medical Centre.
  3. Other preventive measures to ensure adequate environmental cleanliness and sanitation.
ON A LAST NOTE: THE BEST WAY NOT TO BE INFECTED WITH COVID-19 IS BY SIMPLY PROMOTING GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL AND PERSONAL HYGIENE!!!!!!!!

STAY CALM AND DO NOT PANIC

SIGNED
Dr. O.O Okereke ,
ACTING DIRECTOR
UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTRE