AU strengthens intervention measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

AU strengthens intervention measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Africa University has put in place robust interventions in response to the Corona Virus that has gripped the globe. The Corona Virus Rapid Response Team (CRRT) constituted by the visionary leadership of Vice Chancellor Professor Munashe Furusa, has developed a raft of creative measures to curb the possibility of infections on campus and also keep the institutions’ over 2500 students fully informed in a time of high anxiety and where misinformation prevails. The CRRT, chaired by the Dean of Students Mr. George Miti, has kept in close contact with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare who provide daily updates to the University which informs requirements for upscaling of interventions and general preparedness of the institution.


During the largest of many social awareness campaigns held on campus where the need for social distancing and hygiene was emphasized, Vice Chancellor Professor Furusa said, “It is so important that we not only disseminate information but correct information. Our regular consultations with staff and students gives us an opportunity to provide updates on actions we are taking as a University to not only allow our community to derive benefit from learning with as little disruption as possible, but to also keep each other safe in these uncertain times.”


Speaking to the strategic vision of the University as it positions itself to handle the volatility that comes with such a dynamic and rapidly changing environment, he added, “I know that all of us are aware of widespread community disruptions and event cancellations across the globe due to COVID-19. In the face of this pandemic, we are doing everything possible to protect and safeguard our students and staff as well as our friends and partners, to continue teaching and researching and to plan for our graduation. We have our rapid response team that is constantly creating scenarios, possibilities and searching for alternatives to our normal ways of doing things. It is therefore important and wise that we share thoughts on how to effectively manage the impact of COVID -19 on our operations and get experts to answer questions about how the disruptions may impact us as an academic community.” Also present at the awareness drive where representatives from the Provincial Medical Directorate of Manicaland alongside Africa University Experts Dr. Mutseekwa of the AU Clinical Research Center and Dr. Mugomeri, Head of Department for Public Health and Nursing.


The CRRT has to date conducted intensive ground inquisitions to identify possible ‘hot spots” for the likelihood of infections that include where large numbers gather such as during meals, during worship and during lecture times and at entry and exit points to the main campus. Hand sanitizers and mobile handwashing facilities have been made available throughout in keeping with best practices set forth by the World Health Organization.


The CRRT has to date conducted intensive ground inquisitions to identify possible ‘hot spots” for the likelihood of infections that include where large numbers gather such as during meals, during worship and during lecture times and at entry and exit points to the main campus. Hand sanitizers and mobile handwashing facilities have been made available throughout in keeping with best practices set forth by the World Health Organization.


The CRRT has to date conducted intensive ground inquisitions to identify possible ‘hot spots” for the likelihood of infections that include where large numbers gather such as during meals, during worship and during lecture times and at entry and exit points to the main campus. Hand sanitizers and mobile handwashing facilities have been made available throughout in keeping with best practices set forth by the World Health Organization.


The CRRT has to date conducted intensive ground inquisitions to identify possible ‘hot spots” for the likelihood of infections that include where large numbers gather such as during meals, during worship and during lecture times and at entry and exit points to the main campus. Hand sanitizers and mobile handwashing facilities have been made available throughout in keeping with best practices set forth by the World Health Organization.


As students travel to their homes, Africa University through its Dean of Students is facilitating the process ensuring that communication remains key. Provisions have been put in place to assist those international students who may face financial or logistical challenges in reaching their homes.

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