Pandemonium in Unilag


*As Medical Centre Records Increase in Covid-19 Related Symptoms


Regular academic activities at the University of Lagos was disrupted on Tuesday when news filtered in that the institution is currently handling health issues related to covid-19. The institution has, in recent time, recorded an increase in the number of patients presented to the university’s Medical Centre with flu-like symptoms which are related to COVID-19.
Sources disclosed that the reaction may not be unconnected to the fear that the development may be part of the third wave of the virus, prompting the University into activating necessary actions in line with both the Federal and Lagos State governments’ guidelines. According to a statement posted on the university’s website, the action became imperative in order to alert the university community to the increase in the cases recorded at the medical centre.
“The University of Lagos Medical Centre wishes to inform all members of the University of Lagos Community about what appears to be the start of a potential third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Lagos State.”
Meanwhile, the institution’s medical centre has tacitly admitted to the possibility that indeed the university may be witnessing the third wave of COVID-19.
“The University of Lagos Medical Centre wishes to inform all members of the University of Lagos Community about what appears to be the start of a potential 3rd wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Lagos State.
The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu, in his press statement issued on July 11, 2021, stated that since the beginning of July, there has been a steep increase in the number of daily confirmed cases, with the test positivity rate going from 1.1% at the end of June 2021, to its current rate of 6.6% as at the 8th of July 2021. This is with a concurrent increase in the occupancy rate at Lagos State isolation centres.
The University of Lagos community has also been affected by this potential third wave, with an increase in the number of patients presented to the University of Lagos Medical Centre with flu-like symptoms which are similar to COVID-19.
The Medical Centre hereby assures all members of the university community that all necessary actions in line with the Federal and Lagos State Government guidelines have been taken regarding this potential threat in our community.
The Medical Centre will also return to providing EMERGENCY ONLY SERVICES during this period, in order to protect all members of the community from potential infection within the facility. The Medical Centre Emergency Contact line: 09095879781 remains open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Despite this threat to the return of normalcy, pursuit of education and daily livelihood, it has become imperative once more to judiciously adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines and protocols in order to curb the spread of this disease,” The statement from the Medical Centre read in part.

Meanwhile, the institution has been shut done with students asked to go home pending when situation has been normalized.

A source disclosed on Wednesday that the Senate of the University has mandated its management to instruct all students to vacate hostels “with immediate effect.” The decision, the source added, became imperative following the rising cases of coronavirus infection on the campus.


“The Senate at its meeting held today considered the situation of third wave of COVID-19 in Lagos State and its implications for the university. The Senate resolved that all students should vacate the halls of residence immediately,” the source said.
The senate is also said to have approved the commencemen

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